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Lions’ Quinn: Frank Ragnow was ‘real easy pick for us’

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn joined NFL Network show “Good Morning Football” on Thursday to discuss his team’s offseason. Here’s a transcript from his appearance:

■ Quinn: “Hey Nate (Burleson), you did an awesome job introducing our pick, so I think I’m going to sign you up for the next, say, 10 years.

■ Question: Tell us about Frank Ragnow and why he was worthy of the No. 20 pick?

■ Quinn: “Yeah, Frank was a guy we started evaluating, I’d say two years ago. He was a guy that was thinking about coming out in the draft last year. We had him high on our board last year. He decided to stay in school and came back this year, had a great senior season before he got injured, and really checked every box throughout the process. Real easy pick for us at No. 20.”

■ Q: What did you think about Burleson’s enthusiastic announcement of Detroit’s second-round pick as it was happening?

■ Quinn: “We had actually talked to (Kerryon Johnson) already. We had already passed the phone around to the different people who talked to our second-round pick. We put the TV on, turned the volume up and Nate walked out onto the stage and it was awesome. The whole room was clapping, yelling, the Ford family was there, it was an awesome experience.”

■ Q: What does Kerryon Johnson add to the running back room?

■ Quinn: “Kerryon is a good-sized back and we classified him as a slashing-style runner that can do a lot in the running game. Really underutilized in the passing game, we thought, so we think he has great upside there, as well. I think he’s going to be a great complement to the guys we have there in the room with (LeGarrette Blount), Theo (Riddick), Ameer (Abdullah). We have a lot of guys in that room right now that have produced in the NFL. To add Kerryon to the mix, we feel really good about the running back group we have in Detroit.”

■ Q: How strong are your roots connected to new coach Matt Patricia?

■ Quinn: “Matt and I worked together for over 10 years in New England, so there was a lot of time spent together, whether evaluating players, evaluating our own team, just talking about philosophies. We went through a couple years, I’d say in the late 2000s, where Matt and I spent a lot of time on the road together evaluating college prospects. So there were a lot of long drives, lot of hotel stays, a lot of dinners out, so we had a lot of time to bond as friends and as professionals.

“When I made the coaching change in January, Matt was at the top of my list and I was very fortunate to bring him to Detroit because the last couple months have been great. He’s been awesome in the building, the players are responding to him and we have a great feel for how we’re going to do next season.”

■ Q: What’s the biggest thing you took away from working for Bill Belichick?

■ Quinn: “I’d say, you know, Coach Belichick obviously had a big influence on everyone that worked there over the years. I’d say every job that you have in the building, whether you’re the equipment manager, the head scout, a position coach, as long as you do your job to the best your ability, everything in the organization gets better. That’s what I’m trying to preach to my scouts and my personnel department and I know Matt is preaching the same things to his coaching department. If we just take our jobs really seriously and do the best at our jobs every day, we’re going to make this team better.”

■ Q: With the improvements made around the NFC North, why should Lions fans be optimistic?

■ Quinn: “I feel real good about our offseason additions, whether it’s free agency or it’s the draft, the coaching staff. We were 9-7 the last two years, I think the team has improved personnel-wise from then, so we’re looking for bigger and greater things this year and years to come. With having Ziggy (Ansah) back healthy, that’s going to be a big thing. And coming back with our wide receiver corps, as you guys are seeing on the screen there, I think our passing offense is going to be just as good as last year, if not better. And with the additions in the running game and our offensive line, I think our offensive output will be even greater than last year.”