Wide receiver is often talked about as one of the Detroit Lions’ top draft needs. However, one name that has been left out of that discussion is Corey Fuller – the developmental wide receiver the Lions drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 draft.
He didn’t make the final 53-man roster but stayed with the Lions as a member of their practice squad. That put him out of sight for people outside the Lions organization but it is clear he still has a place in Mayhew’s mind:
Mayhew on PS WR Corey Fuller: "He has a chance to be a good player for us" We're looking for guys like that that can run, get down field
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 21, 2014
The chance to be a good player is nice but the question becomes, when? If Fuller can gain some strength – one of the knocks on him as a draft prospect – perhaps “when” is as soon as this season:
Mayhew said WR Corey Fuller needs to get stronger, but thinks another year in offseason program will help. #Lions
— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) February 21, 2014
Best case scenario for this year probably means the Lions adding a receiver through the draft and another through either free agency or a second draft pick. If Corey Fuller is able to contribute in 2014 consider it a bonus, but it would be nice to see him push Kris Durham for a roster spot.