5 Detroit Lions who are certified building blocks for the future

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Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions
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Over the closing stretch of last season, St. Brown was one of the most productive pass catchers in the NFL. The changes to the Lions’ offense after the bye week, with Campbell taking over play calling and tight ends coach (and now offensive coordinator) Ben Johnson moving into a bigger role, seemed to be a driving force for him being used more along the line of his skill set with some imagination mixed in.

St. Brown got attention during last year’s offseason work for his work ethic, and it eventually paid off late in his rookie season as circumstances (Hockenson and D’Andre Swift being out) pushed him into a big role. He’s clearly wired like a leader, and he has been open about keeping tabs on the plethora of wide receivers who were drafted before him.

Even with the wide receivers the Lions added around him this offseason, and the prospect of better health for Hockenson and Swift, St. Brown will still be a prominent piece of the Lions’ offense in 2022, and until further notice. Talent and mentality makes him an easy future building block in Detroit.