NFL Draft – Top choices highlight Lions’ haul

ALLEN PARK (AP) — Detroit general manager Bob Quinn was asked if it gives him pause when the Lions seem to be valuing a player more than various analysts.

The answer was no surprise.

“No,” Quinn said Saturday after the conclusion of the NFL draft. “If I worry about what other people think, I’ll be up all night.”

When this draft is evaluated in the coming years, Detroit may be judged on the performance of its top two picks — tight end T.J. Hockenson of Iowa and linebacker Jahlani Tavai of Hawaii.

Both players seem to have plenty of potential, but it remains to be seen if they’re worth what the Lions invested. They took Hockenson with the No. 8 overall pick — the highest slot for a tight end in over a decade. Then Detroit selected Tavai in round two .

“If we go into this process being scared about what other people think about our team and our evaluations, then we have a long way to go,” Quinn said. “We’re convicted on the guys we take.”

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