Lions delete tweet that appears to throw shade at their recent draft record


The Detroit Lions are haunted by the ghosts of draft picks past.

The Lions' social media team on Thursday night published and later deleted a Halloween-themed post that appeared to mock the franchise's recent history in the NFL draft.

The deleted tweet, captioned "spooky szn," featured a series of black-and-white photos -- and a screen shot of a list of the Lions' early-round picks from 2019 and '20.

The botched tweet could be read as a shot at general manager Bob Quinn, who has come under criticism for what some say is the team's failure to draft and develop impact players since he came on board in 2016.

Among those cited in the tweet who have struggled or yet to leave their mark since being selected in the early rounds include second-year player Jahlani Tavai and rookies Jeff Okudah and Julian Okwara.

To be fair, the list also included second-year tight end TJ Hockenson and rookies D'Andre Swift and Jonah Jackson, who have fared far better than some of their counterparts.

Quinn had spent his entire 15-year professional career in scouting and personnel in the Patriots organization before joining the Lions. He hired former New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as head coach in 2018.

The Lions were 2-3 through five games, and were set to play the 1-5 Atlanta Falcons in Week 7.

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