It’s no secret that the Detroit Lions are in the market to add at least one impactful veteran receiver this offseason. I also expect the Lions to use one of their ‘premier’ (no. 32, 34, or 66) draft choices on a rookie pass-catcher.
The most obvious way the Detroit Lions can add a proven talent is through free agency. This route has plenty of options this offseason, including star receiver Davante Adams atop the list. However, Adams should be considered a long shot for the Lions, alternative star options such as Detroit native Allen Robinson, Chris Godwin, or Mike Williams.
Of that group, the only player I could see being drawn to the Detroit Lions right now is Robinson due to his ties to the city. I can’t see the Chargers letting their big-play downfield threat walk, Godwin is a bit of a wild card, but if he leaves, Tampa Bay will have plenty of playoff-bound suitors. I expect Adams and Aaron Rodgers to skip hand-in-hand, whether it’s to remain in Green Bay or sign elsewhere; that is, if Adams is not franchise-tagged.
There are plenty of what I’ll call tier-two and three-level free-agent receivers that won’t cost the Lions nearly as much on the open market as those players previously mentioned. I see the Lions more interested in players like Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup, Christian Kirk, DJ Chark, and Russell Gage.
I wouldn’t rule out the Detroit Lions, at least considering the option of trading a draft pick for an impactful pass-catcher.
The Detroit Lions enter the 2022 NFL Draft with ten after the compensatory picks are added, including five choices in the first 97 and three picks in the top 34.
Lions general manager Brad Holmes has the opportunity to overhaul this roster and lay a foundation for the future by making astute choices, especially with the teams’ first three draft picks.
But I wouldn’t be apposed if Holmes arranged to trade the no. 34 pick in the second round of the NFL Draft in exchange for a star receiver.
Here are three receivers worthy of trading the 34th overall pick to acquire.