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Quinn ‘surprised’ Robinson fell to Lions in 2nd round

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
“The fans have so much passion for the Detroit Lions, as well as the players do,” Detroit Lions rookie defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson said.

Most draft analysts projected Lions second-round pick A’Shawn Robinson to be a first-rounder.

Apparently, Lions general manager Bob Quinn thought Robinson had a good chance to go in the first round, too, saying on a Pro Football Talk Live interview Monday that we was surprised the former Alabama defensive tackle was available with the 46th overall pick.

“I was a little bit surprised,” Quinn said in the interview. “He was a player that we had talked about, and we kind of thought he was going to go somewhere between our two picks. We were sitting there at 16 and then at 46.

“We did extensive work on A’Shawn as well. He came up here for a pre-draft visit, and we felt really good about the grade we had on him. And we really thought at the end of the day, he’d probably go somewhere, 17 to 34, that would be our (projected) range. And I think we were very fortunate to get him at 46.”

The Lions were looking for long-term help at defensive tackle with most of their top players at the position on short-term contracts. They addressed that need in Round 2 after picking former Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker in the first round.

Quinn said there were a couple times during this year’s draft that he sat back and thought about this being the first selection process in which he was the boss after 16 years working in New England’s personnel department.

“You sit back and you tell someone to write down the name Taylor Decker, offensive tackle, Ohio State and send it in,” Quinn said. “It’s kind of one of those surreal moments.”

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Here are a couple other highlights from Quinn’s interview with PFT Live:

•On retired wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Quinn said he doesn’t see a scenario in which he decides to play again, so the team hasn’t discussed possibly welcoming him back.

“We haven’t even thought about that because the discussions that we had with Calvin leading up to his decision, the way we left it was, there was no talk about him even considering coming back, so haven’t even gone that far,” Quinn said.

•On expectations for the upcoming season, Quinn explained he wants to “be a competitive team at the top of the NFC North.”

“I expect improvement,” he said. “That’s the one thing that I expect. I think I expect that from myself in the role that I’m growing into. I expect that from our personnel staff and I expect that from our coaching staff, just to improve this team day by day.”

•On linebacker Stephen Tulloch, Quinn said there’s no update, but “there is a chance” he stays with the team this year.

“We’re working through a few things with Stephen and his representative as we speak,” Quinn said.

jkatzenstein@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @jkatzenstein

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