If you look at the makeup of the receiver corp, you’ll see that the Lions haven’t drafted most of the starter caliber players on the roster. Their two best options, wide outs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, Jr., are free agent additions. Kenny Golladay, our rookie pass-catcher, is developing but is still a rookie. He has contributed some big, downfield plays.
At tight end, of our three players, two we drafted: Eric Ebron and Mike Roberts. Darren Fells has been the most consistent but is usually more of a blocker. He has given Stafford a reliable short-range outlet, though.
The receiving corp has gotten better after initially losing Calvin Johnson two seasons ago. Filling his considerable shoes was a tall task for Bob Quinn. Stafford’s ability to spread the ball around has helped to mitigate the loss, as well.
Ebron was a top ten pick. Golladay a third round selection. Though all of the receivers are day one guys, this is a unit that needs a true number one option. Tate is just not that threatening as a number one. He is an ideal number two, though.
Perhaps Golladay, or maybe even Ebron, will step up and become that for the team in the near future.
Five picks is all Detroit has in the upcoming draft. They have pressing needs along both fronts. It will be difficult for the Lions to address wide receiver or tight end further in this next draft. They could do it during the middle rounds. Should a player like Simmie Cobbs, Jr. fall a bit, the Lions could add another big target.
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