Among the things the first-time head coaches need to get used to is a more comprehensive look at the team than a closer focus on a unit or position that goes with an assistant.
Lions head coach Matt Patricia makes that change after hiring this offseason and the draft is the last place he changed his mindset. Patricia trained offensive at the beginning of his career and worked with linebackers in New England before being appointed a Defensive Coordinator, which made him aware that he needed to broaden his mind about these issues when it comes to the drafting process.
"I actually have to make sure that I do not go too far and think that you have to keep an eye on the whole team, because it's easy to dive into exactly these two positions and say, Hey, you know I've seen this guy before, "Patricia said about Detroit News . "You know, when you were uniquely focused in a particular group of positions and said, 'Hey, we can really do something with it.' But if you ignore the overall look, you might have a guy who could Being a bit more talented in a different position that could be a bit more. "
Patricia's attempt to see the entire board does not mean Lions will or should stay away from these spots. An inner offensive lineman, along with Running Back and Edge Rusher, would make sense to the Lions early in the draft, despite the particular affinity of Patricia.