With the no. 66 overall pick, the Detroit Lions select Jalen Tolbert.
It’s time for the Detroit Lions to fill another glaring need, and that is at the receiver position. Last season many of us, including myself, were critical of quarterback Jared Goff. Still, when you look at the receivers he had at his disposal, it’s almost impossible to believe that he completed over 67% of his passes, accounting for a quarterback rating of 91.5%.
As much as everybody loves Raymond, the Detroit Lions needed to secure better receiving options for Goff in 2022. Detroit did see a wonderful emergence in rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown. Still, Holmes swung and missed with Tyrell Williams and Breshard Perriman in free agency and also got no production to speak of from Trinity Benson, who he had traded for ahead of the regular season.
Kalif Raymond and Josh Reynolds become reliable depth pass-catchers. With the addition of DJ Chark in free agency this winter, paired with a healthy Quintez Cephus, the position should see a significant bump in production in 2022.
I expect the Detroit Lions offense to continue to lean heavily on their stellar rushing attack, but adding the 6-foot-4, sub 4.4 40 yard dash speed in Chark on the outside will only open up additional opportunities at the mid-range level for tight end T.J. Hockenson and St. Brown.
Jalen Tolbert could become the difference maker on offense many of you likely haven’t heard of. I’ve seen Tolbert be recently compared to former Detroit Lions receiver Marvin Jones. The South Alabama star receiver collected 146 receptions totaling 2,559 yards and 16 touchdowns over the last two seasons.
Tolbert measured 6-foot-1, playing at 194 pounds at the NFL Combine, and ran a 4.49, which is impressive, but not exactly as quick as I had expected. Tolbert still has the speed needed to do downfield damage at the next level and should compliment Chark and Brown quite nicely.
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