Here is how I see what Quin and Patricia look for in a draft pick. Call it the value formula.
1/3 Football Talent. 1/3 Scheme Fit, 1/3 Character/Football Hunger/General Personality/Locker Room Presence. (will this guy be a complainer running gassers after practice. aka Golden Tate)
So when some people state the Lions really reached on any player, they can state their opinion of course, but they have zero idea what the Lions front office sees with a certain player in that value formula. General fans don’t have 1/10th the background info that the Lions coaching and scouting staff have at their fingertips.
When they brought Tavai in for a meet and greet. I’m pretty sure his agent would have been with him. Any coach or scout worth his salt would have found out what other organizations they are meeting with. That is simple Q&A and background research. Plus I am sure they do a ton of PI work on that player’s life story too.
So anyone can state “reach”, but no one, and that means TV talking heads too, have any idea what and where player X fits on the Detroit draft chart.
A lot of the dufus crowd over at the 247 site only value or understand football talent or what is displayed at the combine. They don’t consider the other 2/3rds of the value formula.