The phone was predictably ringing, and the Detroit Lions were making several calls of their own. But when push came to shove, the team preferred to stay put at No. 20 and draft Arkansas center Frank Ragnow.
We had multiple offers on the table for our pick, general manager Bob Quinn said.
Quinn said the Lions had multiple players with similar grades, but Ragnow was the highest on the team’s board, making it an easy selection.
It was enough for the analysts to be impressed with the Lions’ pick, regardless of missing time because of the injured ankle.
He’s a heck of a football player, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. said. When you think about this pick here, he was injured Oct. 21 with a high-ankle sprain. He had a minor procedure. Before that, he was dominant for a center. In the Alabama game, look at the job he did there.
He had a heck of a season going until that injury he’s coming back from. You think about his size and physicality of Ragnow, he could be like (Pro Bowlers) Alex Mack, Nick Mangold and a heck of an anchor up front for you.
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