The Lions could find themselves with a hole at the wide receiver position before too long if they don’t start making additions soon. Wideout Kenny Golladay is due up for a big-time extension and his fellow starting receiver, Marvin Jones, will be due up for a new contract as well next year. If the Lions aren’t careful they could end up with a whole lot of nothing behind Golladay.
So here, the Lions work toward getting ahead of that potential issue by drafting the speedy, shifty wide receiver from TCU, Jalen Reagor. Reagor offers top-end speed that the current Lions receiving corp lacks. Adding Reagor would give the offense a legitimate downfield threat that wins with speed and separation, as opposed to winning by contested catches.
The Lions were one of the worst teams in separation last year, forcing quarterback Matthew Stafford to make perfect throws often. While he was able to do so quite a bit, it would benefit the Lions offense to have a receiver with Reagor’s ability to get open both downfield with speed and closer to the line of scrimmage using his quickness and good routes to gain separation.
Here’s what The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs wrote about Reagor.
"“Jalen Reagor is one of the most dynamic receiving prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. Reagor’s skill set fits best when projecting forward into a vertical passing offense as a Z-receiver, where he can defeat press coverage, attack down the field and force defenses to respect his speed or pay the consequences.”"
This kind of receiver is exactly what the offense needs to bring more balance to the receiving position group and Reagor would likely be a favorite target of Stafford’s sooner than later with his ability to create separation at all points on the field.
Reagor peaked his sophomore year in college when he caught 72 balls for 1061 yards and nine touchdowns. He had his production cut almost in half his junior year, however, falling to just 43 receptions for 611 yards, and five touchdowns.
Despite the drop in production, Reagor would still give the Lions a dynamic playmaker who is electric when he has the ball in his hands and someone who can burn secondaries deep. Reagor would immediately see the field as a rookie as his skill set compliments the current receiving corps’ skills perfectly.
Reagor would make a great eventual number two receiver behind Golladay assuming the Lions can’t re-sign Jones over the next year. And if they can resign Jones, then a wide receiving corps with a top three of Golladay, Reagor, and Jones would be a top-five unit in the league.