Detroit Lions: 4 wide receivers worth trading for this summer

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Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) (David Berding-USA TODAY Sports) /

#3. Courtland Sutton, WR – Denver Broncos

When looking at former Pro Bowl wide receivers across the league, Courtland Sutton might be in the worst situation of them all. Not only did the Denver Broncos use their 2020 first-round selection to draft his potential replacement in Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy last year, but Sutton also suffered a season-ending ACL injury that limited him to a single game in his third season.

A 2018 second-round selection out of SMU, Sutton is entering the final year of his rookie contract in Denver within one of the worst offenses in the NFL. And unless its front office is able to pull off the trade of the century to get quarterback Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers (and out of the NFC North), that poor production figures to continue.

Drafting Jeudy last year in the first round and Penn State receiver KJ Hamler right after in the second, the Broncos made a clear statement about the status of the wide receiver corps despite the presence of Sutton. If they are unsure about extending him beyond 2021, perhaps Denver can be persuaded to part ways with the talented 25-year old.

Now, would Sutton be a good fit in Detroit? In 2019, the 6-foot-4, 216-pound receiver had a breakout season recording 72 receptions for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns with Joe Flacco and Drew Lock as his primary quarterbacks. He earned a Pro Bowl nod that season and would instantly become the top wide receiver target in Detroit if acquired.