Silas McKinnie
Regional Scout


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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