5 free agents who could follow Terrell Williams to the Detroit Lions

Terrell Williams is set to become the Detroit Lions defensive line coach, and these free agents could follow him over from Tennessee.

Denny Simmons / The Tennessean / USA
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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.