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A look at the connections between the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions.Read

NEW ENGLAND TIES

  • Lions executive vice president and general manager Bob Quinn is a native of Norwood, Mass., and earned both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from University of Connecticut. He was also a graduate assistant in the athletic department for the Huskies.
  • Lions WR Noel Thomas is a native of Norwalk, Conn., and attended St. Luke’s School (New Canaan, Conn.). He went on to be a three-year starter at the University of Connecticut, where he recorded 183 receptions, the fourth-most in school history.
  • Lions vice president of player personnel Kyle O’Brien attended Harvard University and interned with the Patriots while an undergraduate student there.
  • Lions special teams coordinator Joe Marciano coached the wide receivers at Rhode Island from 1978-79.
  • Lions tight ends coach Al Golden served as linebackers coach at Boston College from 1997-99.
  • Lions defensive backs/cornerbacks coach Tony Oden was also a graduate assistant at Boston College in 1997.
  • Lions linebackers coach Bill Sheridan coached the linebackers at the University of Maine form 1987-88.

MICHIGAN TIES

  • Patriots QB Tom Brady played at the University of Michigan from 1997-99, where he amassed a 20-5 record as a two-year starter for the Wolverines.
  • Patriots DL Alan Branch attended Michigan from 2004-06 and earned first-team All-Big Ten and ESPN All-America honors.
  • Patriots LB David Harris hails from Grand Rapids, Mich. He attended Ottowa Hills High School and went on to play at Michigan from 2003-06.

FORMER PATRIOTS

  • Lions executive vice president and general manager Bob Quinn was hired by the Lions after 16 seasons with the Patriots (2000-15), most recently as director of pro scouting. During his time at New England, he had a hand in developing teams that won 13 division titles, six AFC championships and four Super Bowls.
  • Lions defensive assistant – special projects George Godsey spent three years on the coaching staff with the Patriots from 2011-13.
  • Lions tight ends coach Al Golden played one season in the NFL with the Patriots.
  • Lions head strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash, Jr., worked on the Patriots’ strength staff for 11 seasons from 2006-16, starting as an assistant coach before being promoted to head strength and conditioning coach in 2011.
  • Lions vice president of player personnel Kyle O’Brien was with the Patriots from 2002-11, serving in various roles in the personnel department during his tenure with the team.
  • Lions S Tavon Wilson was drafted by the Patriots in 2012 NFL Draft. During his four seasons at New England, he appeared in 54 regular season games and seven postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIX.
  • Lions WR Keshawn Martin played one season with the Patriots in 2015, starting eight of the nine games in which he appeared and recording 24 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Lions TE Tim Wright was with the Patriots for the 2014 season, playing all 16 regular season games and making two starts.

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Bob Quinn should sprint to the podium if Peppers is available at No. 21

I’ll take “Most polarizing NFL prospects” for 500, Alex. What’s that? Over-trodden cliches is not an actual category? “Take that for data” – Jabrill Peppers probably.

Hey, cliches are cliches for a reason and polarizing is basically just a synonym for most misunderstood. Flipping on film and trying to dissect why so many critics miss the dominant wrecking ball flying all over the field is puzzling at first. Even diehard Michigan fans are divided – often misled by the already misled media. Then you add context. It’s hard to take in a player’s talent if you don’t understand what you’re watching and it’s easy to get lost in the film if you’re unfamiliar with Michigan football and Jabrill Peppers’ ever-evolving roles.

Enter Brett Kollmann, savior of the benighted whom seek education. Kollman is a former NFL Network Assistant, SB Nation writer for the Houston Texans Battle Red Blog, regular on SportsRadio 610 Houston, and by far the best YouTube NFL analyst around.

But why should you care? Because Kollmann eloquently explains why everything you think you think about Jabrill Peppers is incredibly wrong and he has the film the prove it. Talking at length about a player’s impact outside of the box score is often lip service to justify something without empirical evidence – until it isn’t.

Meet the REAL Jabrill Peppers

I could write ten of these and still not expound Peppers’ impact as well as Kollmann. Those of you who don’t buy into Peppers’ ability and refuse to watch today’s free lecture need not read further. This article is not for the stubborn and lazy.

It’s for enlightenment.

And if Jabrill Peppers is sitting there at 21 when the Detroit Lions are on the clock (*spoiler alert* he won’t be) Bob Quinn might look like Peppers sprinting to the podium.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a player in this draft with more instant impact potential – especially one that fits so well into Detroit’s needs.

A defense that was 30th in yards per drive allowed in 2016 is in desperate need of talent. Peppers brings not only that talent and playmaking ability to an oft-overmatched defense but the versatility that is invaluable in today’s NFL.

Peppers would project as a day one starter as an in the box safety that would never have to come off the field regardless of personnel. He can slide to the weak side of a porous linebacking unit or shift as a nickel to mask a deficient cornerback room. He’ll shut down an opposing backfield and eat up bubble screens at an incredible rate.

Peppers is the ultimate chess piece for Teryl Austin’s defense. He’ll be one of the top blitzing safeties in the league the day he’s drafted and some of the hardest decisions will be how often to send him.

The best part? Peppers can and will be whatever Teryl Austin wants him to be. As he showed at Michigan, he’s selfless and will sell out for whatever role helps the team WIN.

Master of All?

Many have knocked Peppers as a player without a defined role. Someone who can do a lot of things well but nothing great. Those people haven’t watched much football.

I could write a book on Peppers’ defensive ability but you wouldn’t read it and Kollmann covered enough already. He’d be a first rounder on that side of the ball alone… but wait, there’s more!

Peppers brings an ELITE game-breaking return ability with him to the NFL. Vision, speed, agility, elusiveness, he possesses every trait to turn the Lions inept return game into one of the league’s best. (Andre Roberts? Bye, Felicia!) Those hands that many perceive as subpar sure had a knack for plucking line drive punts from the air and giving opposing coaches heart problems.

That same return ability can be harnessed as an offensive weapon as well whether out of the backfield, wildcat, or as a receiver. The Lions aren’t likely to use him on this side of the ball often but the option alone – especially in a pinch – is comforting.

Would Bob Quinn Take Him?

Queue fastest 40-yard dash by an NFL GM in league history as Quinn personally delivers the card to Roger Goodell.

We KNOW Quinn has an eye on team needs and a leaky defense.
We KNOW Quinn has an affinity for athletic freaks of the speedy variety.
We KNOW Quinn likes versatile players that can fill multiple roles.

Basically, Bob Quinn might have a poster of Jabrill Peppers in his room.

Will he be there at 21?

And that is really the only question that matters isn’t it?

Unfortunately, it will probably take more than a dilute sample at the combine from possible over-hydration for Peppers to fall to 21. It’s not the longest of shots but I doubt he makes it far past the Baltimore Ravens at 16. Oblivious media pundits might not know where he fits in the NFL but every single team in the league knows exactly how they’d use him and there’s not one that wouldn’t like to add him to their roster.

For the Lions sake, let’s hope that’s not in the top 20.

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The Lions are being a little more transparent about their drafting process.

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Both the Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Jim Caldwell have shrouded their tenure in Allen Park with secrecy. Injury news has been on lockdown since Caldwell joined the team in 2014. Quinn has put the clamps on training camp reporting, ensuring that anything resembling strategy is embargoed from reaching the public via the media.

That’s why it’s a bit surprising to hear that—for the first time ever—NFL Network will actually have cameras in the Lions’ draft war room. Via SI.com’s Richard Deitsch:

The NFL Network is a big believer in having cameras in team draft war rooms. The network will be at 20 team facilities this year, including the Browns, 49ers, Titans, Jets, Chargers, Panthers, Cardinals, Colts, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions, Texans, Seahawks, Chiefs, Cowboys, Packers. Steelers, Falcons, Rams and Vikings.
The war room camera should give us an interesting look into the live reactions of Detroit’s front office as they make their selections throughout the draft.

But if you’re hoping for a peak at the Lions’ draft board, don’t bank on it. Teams are very careful about the placement of those cameras, and we typically don’t get much, if any, audio to go along with the video feed.

However, you may remember last year that the Lions themselves gave us a little peak into their war room after the draft had finished. They posted a video of the moment they called and selected Taylor Decker in the first round, and we even saw a blurry draft board in the background. From there, we tried taking a closer look at what the draft board revealed, though it was hard to make any clear conclusions from the video.

Regardless, it’s nice to see the Lions being a little more transparent and allowing their fans to have a little behind-the-scenes coverage on draft day.

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The Detroit Lions head into the 2017 season with no shortage of key characters and key personalities to watch who will determine how far they manage to go.

Here’s a look at the key characters to watch next season.

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The Detroit Lions have struggled in the running game for a while, and this offseason, they might finally decide to take a step to fix that.

Speaking Thursday in his season-ending press conference, general manager Bob Quinn hinted that adding a more durable running back would be a goal of the team this offseason.

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