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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.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Season Review: Rookies

    Posted 20 hours ago

    Tori Petry, Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara break down the 2016 Lions rookies, from first-round pick Taylor Decker to 7th-rounder Dwayne Washington.

  • 3 & Out with Chris Spielman: Season Review

    Posted Jan 19, 2017

    Mike O'Hara goes three and out with former Lion Chris Spielman breaking down the 2016 season and looking ahead to 2017.

  • Daniel Jeremiah's 2017 Mock Draft 1.0

    By NFL Network - Posted Jan 19, 2017

    The "Good Morning Football" crew reveals NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah's first mock draft.

  • Season Review: Special teams

    Posted Jan 16, 2017

    Tori Petry, Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara break down the 2016 Lions special teams, from Matt Prater's game-winning kicks to Sam Martin's powerful punts.

  • Season Review: Defense

    Posted Jan 16, 2017

    Tori Petry, Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara break down the 2016 Lions defense, from clutch interceptions to DeAndre Levy's return.

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