Without the logical media talking points question "then why didn't you draft him three picks earlier?" It's much easier to say "oh, man, they stole him from us" than tell the fans "we didn't want him." Maybe it played out EXACTLY as he said, and they took that risk. But we can say for sure they didn't want him more than Taylor (who had better still be on the roster in three years).
So he was two picks away from being a Lion....but three picks away from should have been a Lion.