John Thornton Thinks a DT at No. 2 Would Be a Wasted Pick for the Lions

February 25, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

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From 1999 to 2002, defensive tackle John Thornton considered himself both a pupil and friend of Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.

Thornton was drafted in the second round by Tennessee. That same year, Jeff Fisher hired Schwartz as a defensive quality control coach. The two had a great working relationship and became even closer in 2001 as each dealt with the birth of his first child.

Years later, when Schwartz was hired to coach the Detroit Lions, he reached out to Thornton who was contemplating retirement after a 10-year career.

In the end, Thornton never suited up in Honolulu Blue.

No can can accuse Schwartz of not trying.

After the Lions selected Sammie Lee Hill in the 2009 draft, the coach called his former player and immediately sold him on Hill's status as a developmental player and promised playing time.

It worked.

The next day, Thornton flew up to Al...

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