3. Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR
Prior to the trade deadline last season, the Lions acquired wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones from the Cleveland Browns for a fifth-round pick in 2025. It seemed like a low-risk move, but in the end, Peoples-Jones simply wasn't utilized nearly enough to warrant the pick given up. Not only that, but he wasn't used enough to warrant the Lions bringing him back as a free agent.
In hindsight, it seems like an awfully silly trade. If the Lions weren't going to use him, then why give up a draft selection at all? A fifth rounder is a fifth rounder. On the surface, it is not a hefty price. But at the same time, plenty of great talents have been found late in the draft.
Peoples-Jones played a total of 72 offensive snaps in eight games with the Lions, which was good for just 13 percent. He hardly played on special teams, too, appearing on just 14 percent of those snaps.
On the season, Peoples-Jones caught a total of five passes for 58 yards with Detroit. That's not nearly enough to give reason to re-signing him. The Lions will be out a pick, and that is that.
As for the receiving group, overall, it's an area that could look much different next season outside of a couple guys who will hang around from this year's roster.