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What They're Saying: Lions Nab WSU Lineman Joe Dahl Edition

FROM NATIONAL pundits to a bevy of Detroit sportswriters to his position coach at Washington State, Cougar offensive lineman Joe Dahl was a hot topic Saturday on the Web and in the Twittersphere following his fifth-round selection by the Detroit Lions in the NFL draft.

“Mistake free … fundamentally sound … I think he can he a starter at guard (for the Lions).”   -- Mel Kiper, ESPN

"This is a good football player. He played outside, he's going to kick inside. Washington State throws the football so much that he was never in a three-point stance, which is somewhat worrisome because he's going to have to put his hand in the dirt and get after people in the run game. I really like this young man as far as an athlete. You just don't really know how he's going to react to a pro-style run game.” -- Mike Mayock, NFL Network (via Michigan Live)

“With experience at tackle and guard in college, the 6-foot-4 Dahl should have a chance to contribute in multiple ways for the Lions. Being a fifth-round pick, nobody should expect Dahl to start as a rookie, but with his experience as a pass blocker, there’s plenty of upside here..” -- Josh Katzenstein, Detroit News

“Toughness and intelligence have been a theme so far for first-year Detroit Lions' general manager Bob Quinn. Quinn, a former New England Patriots executive, hit both those columns again Saturday when he used a fifth-round NFL draft pick (No. 151 overall) on Washington State offensive  lineman Joe Dahl." -- Josh Slagter, Michigan Live

“I just know that there’s a bunch of young O-linemen and everybody’s hungry to compete and I’m just excited to come in and help contribute to that. I’m just excited to be a Lion.”         -- Joe Dahl

“Lions pick Joe Dahl has high football IQ and is the guy you want your sister dating”                -- Michigan Live headline citing an old CF.C column in which Connor Halliday said Dahl is so polite he’s the type of guy you’d want your sister dating

“… (GM Bob) Quinn said Friday night he believes he has to win through the lines, so adding another lineman makes some sense here … Dahl is coming from a spread offense at Washington State, so he’s going to have a large learning curve adjusting to an offense that will likely run more than he ever did with the Cougars.” -- Michael Rothstein, ESPN

“He’s a tough, hard-nosed player with some versatility. Fits the Bob Quinn theme thus far.    -- Tim Twentyman, detroitlions.com

“Dahl is the fifth consecutive pick that analysts have dubbed ‘tough and hard-nosed.’ Though Dahl comes from an offense that threw the ball a ton under coach Mike Leach, he appears to have the intangibles to be a solid addition to the Lions depth on the offensive line. -- Geoff Robinson, Detroit News

“Well, well, well. The offensive line might not have seemed like a priority in free agency but it is obvious Bob Quinn is not messing around when it comes to adding depth and competition for playing time on the offensive line.” -- Zac Snyder, detroitjockcity.com

AND FROM THE TWITTER-SPHERE:

Extremely proud of Joe Dahl! Incredible young man with a great head on his shoulders. Will make a great Pro. -- WSU O-line coach Clay McGuire

Joe Dahl graded out No. 1 in pass-protection amongst 2015 tackles, 36 spots better than Detroit's 1st-round pick, Taylor Decker -- Pro Football Focus

Well I guess I'm a Lions fan now -- Former Cougar kicker Wes Concepcion

Lions just got a steal, go joey -- WSU defensive end Nick Begg

Awesome! @wsucougfb & @Lions legend Jason Hanson announces fellow Coug Joe Dahl as Lions 5th round pick! -- Cougar Athletic Fund (which posted the image above)

FROM THE CF.C ARCHIVES: In a world of uncertainty, only death and taxes are more reliable than Joe Dahl

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