2. WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine
Within the premise the Lions lose Josh Reynolds in free agency, or they let him leave if the cost gets too high, Westbrook-Ikhine has been offered as an alternative in free agency by Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus.
"Westbrook-Ikhine is the vertical field-stretcher with good run-blocking chops that could be a nice complementary piece in Detroit’s offense, and with big paydays looming for Jared Goff, Amon-Ra St. Brown and many others, they need to start filling out the roster with good value additions that fill a specific role well."
By playing time and snap share, Westbrook-Ikhine has been a prominent player in the Titans' offense over the last three seasons. He ended this season on IR due to a hand injury, and he had 28 catches for 370 yards and three touchdowns over 14 games. In 2022, he averaged a noticeable 15.9 yards per reception. In each of the last two seasons, his average depth of target has been north of 12.0 yards.
Straight-line timed speed being what it is in terms of actual football value, he posted a 40-yard dash of nearly 4.7 (4.68) coming out of Indiana in 2020. But the actual numbers he has put up say he is a bit of a "vertical field stretcher" as Spielberger suggested.
Westbrook-Ikhine's blocking chops make him a potential fit for the Lions. You can't play wide receiver for this team if you can't, or aren't at least willing, to block. So if Reynolds is gone, a player Williams has seen could be surface as an option.