3 WRs the Detroit Lions need to consider drafting in the first round

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Detroit Lions, John Metchie
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The Detroit Lions need to consider drafting John Metchie III.

Unfortunately, John Metchie III suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Alabama’s SEC championship game against rival Georgia.

Metchie is a junior, and if he elects to enter the NFL Draft, he will perhaps be the second Alabama receiver drafted in the first round.  I expect Jameson Williams to be a top-15 pick.  The Crimson Tide is not only a receiver factory but also a linebacker, quarterback, offensive, and defensive line factory.   Nick Saban runs a great program with a roster littered with future NFL talent year after year.

Metchie is a genuine deep-threat and precisely what the Detroit Lions need.  If not for the torn ACL, I am not certain Metchie would be available when the Detroit Lions are on the board with their second first-round pick.  Metchie doesn’t just possess straight-line speed; he’s a crafty route runner and a dynamic playmaker.

The Alabama product can line up in the backfield in a similar fashion to Jaylen Waddle or Deebo Samuel to serve as a decoy or take the handoff.  Samuel is certainly more physically imposing than Waddle or Metchie, but the latter can bust through the line and utilize their break-away speed and take a handoff to the house.

Double coverage?  No problem for Metchie.

In his junior season, Metchie recorded 96 receptions totaling 1,142 yards and eight receiving touchdowns; that’s good for an 11.9 average.  The previous season Metchie averaged 16.7 yards per catch, hauling in 55 of his targets for 916 yards and six touchdowns.

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Metchie earned an overall grade of 78.2 according to Pro Football Focus for his work in 2021.