Filed 10:45, Lucas Oil Stadium
Jim Schwartz, head coach of the Detroit Lions, took to the podium for questions in the NFL Combine Media Room.
Here are some notes:
- Biggest different in draft strategy from 2009: Not in Indianapolis trying to find a QB.
- Felt the Lions drafted well last year because they had built a consensus between scouts and coaching staff.
- This year the goal is to "keep drafting players, regardless of position."
- "The second you start prioritizing positions, you get away from making good decisions."
- "Whether you're in the second pick or you trade down, you need to make good decisions."
- "(Trading down) and getting more picks isn't useful if you don't use them wisely."
- "There aren't many players from last year's draft we would trade Louis (Delmas) for...he was a top of the second guy"
- On importance of safeties vs. cornerbacks: "Depends on the scheme, need a player who is multidimensional."
- Feels last year's rookies didn't start because lack of depth but because they were talent and fit what Detroit wanted to do.
- Loss of RG Stephen Peterman was much bigger than expected. "We went back and looked at tape and hadn't realized how well he had played."
Michael Schottey is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and Detroit Lions Team Correspondent for DraftTek.com. He is LIVE from Indianapolis this week with NFL Combine Updates. Follow him at Twitter.