The question of whether the Lions could potentially trade their No. 2 draft pick away came up on Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Head Coach Jim Schwartz didn’t endorse trading or keeping the pick, but instead said the organization would be open to anything.
Schwartz: “I think that whether you keep the second pick or whether you trade down, it doesn’t change what you have to do and that’s make good decisions in the draft. We mentioned Louis Delmas before; there’s not many players in the draft last year that right now we would trade Louis Delmas for and he was a top pick of the second round. There are blue chip players available in a lot of different spots in the draft.
“We drafted a starting linebacker in the middle of the third last year in DeAndre Levy from Wisconsin. So, whether you trade down and get more picks (or) whether you move up, it’s more about identifying the players and getting the players to fit what you do, rather than getting more picks and things like that. More picks aren’t useful if you don’t use them wisely.”
When it comes to using those picks wisely, Schwartz has an advantage over many head coaches in that he has a scouting background.
Schwartz: “I think every coach is focused on winning on Sunday and that’s about as far as you look ahead. You want to do everything you can to win that game and coaches, for the most part, don’t look long-term. Our goal every week should be to win that game, but there’s also a lot of other things that you need to manage.”
Because of his scouting perspective, Schwartz tends to base his decisions beyond the immediate or upcoming season and instead look toward the development of young players and the team as a whole.
Schwartz: “(You are) making sure that your team is going to be good next year and the year after and things like that because not every decision in this league is short term, so I think that background definitely helped in that. I’m not a very patient guy, but it gives me perspective, it gives me that appreciation for that perspective when it comes to building a team.”
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