In a perfect world, the Detroit Lions select George Pickens with the no. 34 overall pick.
For me, this pick has gotten more and more interesting. For the majority of the offseason, I had the no. 32 and 34 overall picks reserved for a receiver and safety, but with reports suggesting Dean could fall out of the first round, things are shaping up perfectly for the Detroit Lions to fill a plethora of needs with high-end players.
Recently, the Detroit Lions signed free agent safety DeShon Elliott to pair with Tracy Walker. Walker was rewarded with a new three-year deal from the Detroit Lions following a career year, and the often injured Elliott maintains a high upside if he can remain on the field.
Although the Lions will certainly still be looking to add a safety in the draft, the addition of Elliott lessens the urgency and allows the position to be filled in the mid-to-late rounds if they so choose.
In a receiver-loaded draft, the Detroit Lions will have an opportunity to use the second pick in the second round on someone like George Pickens out of Georgia.
Pickens has the makings of a WR1 at the next level. He’s a 6-foot-3, 200-pound physical receiver. The Georgia product doesn’t create the separation you’d like to see, but boy can he block. He doesn’t just block; he blows cornerback’s up; his effort in this area will undoubtedly garner the attention of Dan Campbell and receivers coach Antwaan Randle El.
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The Detroit Lions addressed the receiver position this offseason by retaining Josh Reynolds and signing free agent DJ Chark to pair with Amon-Ra St. Brown. Adding a player like Pickens to work outside opposite Chark will only help mask some of Jared Goff’s limitations.