The Lions history with drafting wide receivers is like lighting a stack of millions of dollars on fire and you have to watch it burn for years on end. The Honolulu Blue and Sliver are sitting in a pretty good spot right now. They have a very good chance at getting an elite corner or defensive end in the first round because of the depth on the defensive side of the ball in this year’s draft which should allow them to pursue wide outs in the later rounds.
Detroit needs a deep threat on the outside to take some pressure of the know starters Megatron and Nate Burleson. They would like a guy that has good route running ability and has good breakaway speed. The SideLion Report has taken a look at a few prospects in the later rounds that may fit the bill of what the Lions may be looking for.
4th Round Projection
Edmund Gates – Abilene Christian
– Gates has excellent speed and superior quickness. He is a fairly big speed threat measuring at 6’ 2” and right around 200 lbs. He ran the quickest time at the Combine timed in at 4.37. This fact may have him off the board before the 4th round. A few knocks on him is that he doesn’t have the best football I.Q. and he needs to become a better blocker. A good prospect none the less for the Lions 3rd or 4th wide receiver option.
5th Round Projection
Ricardo Lockette – Fort Valley State
– Ricardo ran the same time as the aforementioned Edmund Gates at the combine of 4.37. He differs from his counterpart that he doesn’t show the best route running skills and lacks the quickness off the line. However, Lockette possess tremendous straight line speed to break away from opposing defenders. He is receiving many praises for his work ethic and determination which is a great quality to have. Having a wide receiver with great potential and work ethic in this round has the value of a camera at a Playboy photo shoot.
**They have no 6th round pick given up to Seattle in exchange for Lawrence Jackson a former first round pick.**
7th Round Projection
Cecil Shorts III – Mt. Union
– Like the Indianapolis Colts star Pierre Garcon, Shorts III hails from the Division 3 power house Mt. Union. Mt. Union is known for having some talented receivers reach the NFL for a small school and Shorts is exactly that. Although Shorts doesn’t possess tremendous breakaway speed, he is a great route runner and displays great hands. He again is a great character guy and has a motor that Ford would back. Rejoice would be in order if they could snag him this late.