5. WR Trinity Benson
The Lions acquired Benson from the Denver Broncos late in the 2021 preseason. After being cut last preseason and going back to the Broncos practice squad, the Lions brought him back (for some reason) last November. He played in one game before landing on IR.
Brad Holmes had tried to sell Benson’s potential in a defense of giving up a late-round pick to get him. But there’s no potential to credibly sell anymore, and Benson seems unlikely to make it very far on the Lions’ roster this year.
Maybe the Lions can get a conditional seventh-round pick for Benson, before they’d just outright cut him.
4. WR Quintez Cephus
Since a promising start to the 2021 season, injuries have wrecked Cephus’ career. A collarbone issue cost him a big chunk of that 2021 campaign, and he eventually landed on IR for the rest of last year due to a foot injury after his return window had been opened.
If he could ever stay healthy, Cephus seems to have enticing tools. But the Lions’ wide receiver picture doesn’t seem to include him, and even if he earns a roster spot it will take multiple injuries to open up an offensive role for him.
Cephus would draw a better draft pick in a trade than Benson would, based only on having actually (however briefly) shown something (anything) as an NFL wide receiver. But we’re obviously scraping the bottom of the barrel here.