One of the more underrated needs on the team right now is at wide receiver, where the Detroit Lions currently have Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr., and Danny Amendola. It may seem that there is no need to draft a wide receiver early, but keep in mind that Amendola is up there in age and not exactly known to be immune to injury.
And Jones has finished the last two years on the injured reserve list. Also, all three receivers are nearing the end of their current deals; so there is the need to add a wide receiver before day two ends.
Earlier in the draft, the Lions loaded up on the defensive side of the ball early on before finally adding an offensive lineman at the beginning of round three. After seeing wide receivers start to fly off the board, Detroit decides to move up six spots to ensure they don’t miss out on the last receiver available in an upper-level tier that fits their need.
Michigan wideout Donovan Peoples-Jones is a big, fast, and explosive receiver that would be a fantastic number four receiver on the team. Peoples-Jones has his deficiencies in route-running and the occasional drop, but he was also held back in college due to terrible quarterback play and an abysmal passing offense. Pairing him with a quarterback of Matthew Stafford‘s level will go a long way toward increasing People-Jones’ overall effectiveness on the field.
As a rookie, he would likely split his time between the outside and in a big slot role but could take over one of those permanently when 2021 rolls around. His size and explosiveness would prove to be an asset to the team.