Detroit Lions would be wise to draft this second-round receiver

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While the Detroit Lions have a lot of needs to fill, one wide receiver prospect who could fall to the second round may be too good to pass up.

Even though general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia have been told by ownership that the 2020 Detroit Lions need to be successful, it’s never a bad idea to look ahead to the future.

Pretty much every mock draft on the internet has the Lions taking a defensive player in the first round, but after that initial selection, it may be wise to add another weapon to an offense that is chock full.

Veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola was a great little spark plug for the offense, catching 62 passes for nearly 700 yards while always seeming to make at least one big third-down catch a game.

Amendola’s status with the Lions next season is up in the air, as he is an unrestricted free agent who most likely wants to sign with a title contender.

On top of that, fellow veteran receiver Marvin Jones Jr. has put up borderline-Pro Bowl numbers in the last few seasons, but becomes a free agent in 2021 who the Lions may not be able to afford.

If both these guys end up parting ways with Detroit, the Lions would be wise to use a second round draft pick who could play opposite of Kenny Golladay, keeping teams honest and preventing them from always doubling Golladay like they used to do with Calvin Johnson.

While he may not fall to the second round, the Lions would be wise to draft Jalen Reagor if he is there at pick no. 35.

As Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press outlined in a recent article, Reagor would be pretty hard for the Lions to pass up if he falls to the second round.

"The wide receiver position is so loaded this year that he could be available early in Round 2. Reagor is a big-time playmaker who would complement Kenny Golladay nicely with his deep speed. Marvin Jones has just one more year left on his contract, so the Lions need to plan for the future with a player who also can contribute at the position now."

Part of the reason why Reagor might fall to the second round is because his numbers dipped quite a bit last year, but that partially has to do with inconsistent quarterback play at TCU in his final season.

Whatever the cause of the statistical dip was, racking up 115 catches for more 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns is not too shabby, as Reagor was able to use his blazing speed to make a play on the ball.

Lance Zierlein of compared Reagor to NFL speedster Curtis Samuel, saying that he has a unique combination of fluid routes and explosiveness to go along with being able to get to his top speed very quickly and making opponents miss in the open field like a running back.

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Retooling and revamping the defense should obviously be the No. 1 priority for this Lions team, but adding Reagor gives them an insurance option in case Amendola and Jones leave.

Reagor could complement Golladay beautifully in the passing game, giving quarterback Matthew Stafford a future starter on a rookie contract.