“Bob Quinn, literally, I mean, about six months after he drafted me, he was like, ‘You’re not the same guy I drafted. You like to have way too much fun,’” Hockenson said, while he and the hosts burst into laughter. “I was like, ‘well, you’re not wrong.’ I like to laugh. I like to have fun. Like that’s my thing. I mean, not many people get to ... I’m playing a kids game.”
Lions general manager Brad Holmes said the team might have drafted a quarterback with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2021 draft if Oregon OT Penei Sewell wasn't available.
Holmes said taking Sewell -- the unanimous No. 1 offensive lineman in the 2021 class -- was an easy call after he slipped past the first six teams. The Lions, who in January acquired Jared Goff and the Rams’ 2022 and 2023 first-round picks in exchange for Matthew Stafford, passed on Justin Fields and Mac Jones to take Sewell. “If there was a quarterback that was just like graded way higher over Penei we would have had to strongly consider that,” Holmes said. They'll now face Fields -- drafted by Chicago with the 11th pick -- twice a year or the foreseeable future. Holmes' admission that the team might have taken a QB in the first round is the strongest hint yet that the Lions don't see Goff as a long-term option.