Taylor Decker Selected 16th By Quinn, Lions

Sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker (68) walks back to the locker room after injuring his right knee during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.

Ohio State’s tackle Taylor Decker (68) was selected in the 1st round, 16th overall, by the Detroit Lions in the 2016 NFL draft, on 28 April.
Photo by Shelby Lum / The Lantern.

Header-image-Shalapata-columnBy Ian Shalapata

(ALLEN PARK, MI) – Executive Vice President and General Manager, Bob Quinn, announced his first NFL draft selection as a member of the Detroit Lions, yesterday, during the first round of the 2016 draft. With the No. 16 pick, Quinn chose Taylor Decker, a 6’ 7” 310lb tackle out of Ohio State.

“We’re going to put him in the mix with the rest of the tackles on the roster and see who the best players are at the right positions,” Quinn told the media Thursday evening. “We’re not going to pinpoint him, now or until we’re ready to play a game, at what position, what side of the ball. He is a tackle, so he’ll either be right tackle or left tackle and that’s really to be determined.”

Decker has played and started at both the left and right tackle positions in his college career. It doesn’t matter to him which side of the ball he plays, as long as he gets on the field.

”At the end of the day I just want to play football,” Decker said by conference call. “You know, I know I’m not going to come into a team and have a position handed to me. You have to go out there and you have to earn it and you have to work hard, remain humble.”

Decker was rated 5.9 by the NFL, which means he could become an early starter in the league.

“Taylor is a very durable player, tough player, smart, really long player,” Quinn explained. “[He has] good playing strength, good agility, good balance. I think he has good pass protection skills, good run blocking. I thought he was a really, really solid overall player that can really help the Lions … it really came across to us that he was clearly the best guy on the board at the time.”

Decker will be introduced to the media and fans at a press conference later today at the Lions practice facility in Allen Park.


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Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.
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