Ah, Jimmy Landes. Using a draft pick on a long snapper, especially given the presence of cult hero Don Muhlbach, wasn’t popular with fans as soon as the pick was made and Bob Quinn doesn’t have an “I told you so” to point to with the 2016 season now over.
The selection of Landes certainly didn’t lead to a best-case outcome, but it also comes in ahead of the worst-case scenario I laid out after the draft, at least for now.
"Best-case scenario: Beats out Don Muhlbach for the long snapper job by the time first cuts arrive and that’s the last time we hear his name because he does his job without incident. Worst-case scenario: Doesn’t make the team and ends up as nothing more than an answer to an obscure Lions trivia question. However, it could be argued an even worse case is he does beat out Don Muhlbach but turns out to be the long snapper version of Nate Freese."
Landes couldn’t beat out Muhlbach, but he’s not a lost cause just yet. By stashing him on injured reserve, the Lions kept he status quo for another year while delaying the final verdict on Landes by a year.
He may yet end up just the answer to an obscure trivia question but by retaining him on injured reserve, Landes isn’t a wasted draft pick yet.