Quinn sizing up players, Lions’ scouts at Senior Bowl

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Bob Quinn

Mobile, Ala. — Lions general manager Bob Quinn is still in the process of meeting the scouts on his new team.

Quinn, along with coaches and personnel men, is in Mobile, Alabama, this week for the Senior Bowl to watch practice and interview many of the prospects who will be in the NFL draft.

In a brief encounter with reporters Tuesday morning, Quinn said he’s just meeting some of the area scouts who primarily work outside of Detroit.

Quinn’s top lieutenant, director of player personnel Kyle O’Brien, is in Mobile, too, as is coach Jim Caldwell and personnel executive Brian Xanders.

So far, Quinn said it’s been easy working with Caldwell.

Former GM Martin Mayhew and senior vice president of football operations Cedric Saunders, who was fired last Friday, are here, too. Quinn, whom the Lions hired earlier this month, dismissed Saunders and longtime scout Scott McEwen during his initial evaluation of the personnel department.

The Lions will conduct informal or formal interviews with most, if not all, of the 110-plus prospects at the Senior Bowl. Last year they drafted four players from the event -- guard Laken Tomlinson, running back Ameer Abdullah, cornerback Quandre Diggs and defensive tackle Gabe Wright.

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