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2010 NFL Combine: Jim Schwartz Wants to Improve Blood Pressure, Talent

Michael Schottey@SchotteyNFL National Lead WriterFebruary 25, 2010

DETROIT - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions points out something from the sideline while playing the Chicago Bears on January 3, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Chicago won the game 23-37.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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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.

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