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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

  • Pre-draft visit: OT Cedric Ogbuehi

    Posted 10 hours ago

    Tori Petry talks with Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi on his pre-draft visit to the Lions facility in Allen Park.

  • NFL Combine: OT Cedric Ogbuehi

    Posted 10 hours ago

    Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi talks at the NFL Scouting Combine about recovering from his ACL surgery and his versatility on the offensive line.

  • Top 3 tight end plays of 2014

    Posted 13 hours ago

    Tight ends coach Ron Prince breaks down the tight ends’ top three plays from the 2014 season.

  • Do Lions have best WR duo in the NFC?

    By NFL_COM - Posted Mar 27, 2015

    The "NFL AM" crew talk the best wide receiver duos in the NFC and if Detroit Lions wide receivers Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson rank at the top of that list.

  • Top 4 safety plays of 2014

    Posted Mar 26, 2015

    Defensive backs coach Alan Williams breaks down the safeties’ top four plays from the 2014 season.

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