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NFL transition easier for Lions’ Graham Glasgow after playing for Michigan, Harbaugh

May 13, 2016

ALLEN PARK — Those who stay will be prepared.

Yeah, it’s not quite as catchy as the iconic phrase coined by legendary coach Bo Schembechler in 1969, but Detroit Lions rookie offensive lineman Graham Glasgow is having little trouble with his transition to the professional ranks following five years at the University Michigan, including last season under Jim Harbaugh.

“I think it’s a little bit of new material, and there’s stuff you need to learn, like the different terms and everything like that, but I feel a lot of the stuff I’ve learned here I can equate back to Michigan and the system we ran there,” Glasgow said. “I think it’s been easier for me than other people learning this offense.”

With Harbaugh, Glasgow said it was easy to embrace the coach’s teachings knowing he had been there before, as both a professional player and coach. 

The biggest difference Glasgow has noticed during his short time with the Lions has been the amount of detail that goes into a professional offensive scheme. 

“A lot of it is blocking techniques, it’s not a lot of stuff you learn in college,” he said. “There are more complex things and more adjustments to blocks and movements.”

The Lions selected Glasgow in the third round of the draft last month. A three-year starter at Michigan, he’s expected to contend for a starting job at center this offseason.

“My expectation for this season is to essentially be the best player I can be, improve, and really, just push Travis (Swanson) and we’ll see what happens on opening day.”

Swanson, entering his third season, struggled with consistency in 2015, his first year as a starter. He was graded as one of the worst players in the league at his position, according to Pro Football Focus. The Lions managed to rush for just 3.9 yards per carry up the middle last year, 19th in the NFL.

Additionally, Swanson is coming off offseason shoulder surgery. 

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