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Silas McKinnie
Regional Scout

Biography

Silas McKinnie enters his 11th season as personnel scout with the Lions. Prior to joining the club in 2003, McKinnie spent five NFL seasons (1997-2002) as a regional scout with the Minnesota Vikings.

Before joining the Vikings, McKinnie concluded a 20-year career as a college basketball coach, including a three-year stint as an assistant coach for the University of Miami (1994-96).

McKinnie played football at the University of Iowa from 1965-67, where he earned All-Big 10 honors as a running back. He graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in speech and dramatic arts. Following graduation, McKinnie played five seasons of professional football with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (1968-71, ’73). He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972, but played the season with the Atlanta Falcons and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Silas Anthony McKinnie was born in Detroit. He attended Robichaud High School in Dearborn, Mich., where he earned all-state honors in both football and basketball. He has a daughter, Ixchel, and a son, Lance.

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    Posted Aug 27, 2016

    CB Nevin Lawson talks about the issues the defense faced against the Ravens and what they can do better next game.

  • Decker on areas offense can improve

    Posted Aug 27, 2016

    OT Taylor Decker talks about getting more comfortable within the line and improvements the offense can make prior to the regular season.

  • Jones on offensive penalties

    Posted Aug 27, 2016

    WR Marvin Jones talks about penalties keeping the first team offense out of the endzone and what they can do to address those errors going forward.

  • HIGHLIGHT: Prater kicks 60-yard FG

    By NFL.com - Posted Aug 27, 2016

    Watch Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater kick a 60-yard field goal at the end of the first half of the team's Preseason Week 3 game at Baltimore.

  • Levy on getting preseason reps

    Posted Aug 27, 2016

    LB DeAndre Levy talks about returning to game action and what the first-team defense can do to improve prior to the start of the season.

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