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Detroit Lions Team Needs: Draft Wrap Up


Corey Brewer
The Detroit Lions opted to select an offensive lineman in the first round, which filled one of the team's biggest needs. | Photo Credit: USA Today

The Detroit Lions turned ten draft picks into ten players, and filled some depth chart holes in the process. With the bulk of free agency over, and the draft in the background, the team has an improved roster heading into the 2016 NFL season.

 

Wide Receiver

The Lions lost one of the NFL’s best wide receiver of the modern era when Calvin Johnson retired suddenly following the 2015 season. Detroit followed up by signing former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones to a massive 5-Year deal. Yet, neither Jones nor Lions receiver Golden Tate have what it takes to be a true number one receiver.

Many questioned the decisions the Lions made by not selecting a single wide receiver in the draft. It will be interesting to see how the offense opens up with the receiving corps the team has in place.

As it sits, the Lions will head into the new season with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones out wide, TJ Jones, Jeremy Kerley, newly signed Andre Caldwell, Corey Fuller, Corey Washington and Austin Willis. That lineup does not jump off the page.

The Lions did sign a group of undrafted free agent wide receivers who could have a shot to make the roster during training camp. Competing for those jobs are Jace Billingsley out of Eastern Oregon, Quinshad Davis from North Carolina and Baylor Bear receiver Jay Lee.

Among the names still available in free agency are Andre Johnson, Anquan Boldin, Roddy White, Malcom Floyd and Greg Jennings. While those players are past their prime, they could all potentially earn a role within the Lions offense.

Also look for Detroit to keep an eye on the waiver wire as other teams trim down their rosters during training camp.

 

Corey Brewer is a Featured Analyst for Pro Football Spot and is a member of the Football Writers Association of America. For more NFL and NFL draft coverage, follow @BrewerIPA on Twitter.


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Although a true #1 WR is a need for the Lions, I really feel Jones and Tate are talented enough to get them through this season.  Caldwell has never lived up to his potential, they really do need to find a diamond in the rough to step in as a #1 receiver.  I think the way it stands now,  Eric Ebron will have a career season this year.   One thing is for sure, if any of     these guys find a way to get open, Stafford will find them, as long as the new O-Line steps up.

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I'm in the minority but I believe the Lions receiving corps will be fine this season. Tate and Jones are a very underrated 1-2 combo, and they have already made it clear that Theo Riddick is going to transition to the slot role. If anything I'm concerned about the running back position in the long term.

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The Lions depth at wide receiver is decent and their top 2 options are not bad. Tate might not be a true #1 receiver, but he is a complete wide receiver who is a good blocker. It was sad to megatron retire, I loved watching him play. I admire how humble he is. 

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Losing Megatron will hurt the offense in a big way this year as teams will not feel pressured to have double team any of the receivers on the Detroit roster.

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Do you think the Lions might be running the ball more with Ameer Abdullah this year and relying on Abdullah's pass-catching abilities as well? Kinda the way the Chiefs were heavily reliant on Jamaal Charles both running and catching until Jeremy Maclin got to town?

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