A minor screed about receivers. Not saying it’ll happen with three big stars this year, but NFL teams over-draft wideouts. Badly. In a year when three wide receivers could go in the top 10 (last time that happened: Corey Davis, Mike Williams, John Ross going 5-7-9 in 2017, and boy did that not age well), I bring you information that should show that in the age of deep receivers drafts, you’re fine waiting for one. In the last five drafts, 17 wideouts have gone in first rounds, with 26 second-rounders. Breaking it down by production in an average season shows second-rounders have been close to the production level of the top picks.
Average season of all 1st-round wide receivers drafted since 2016: 42.3 receptions, 600.5 yards, 14.2 yards per catch.
Average season of all 2nd-round wide receivers drafted since 2016: 42.5 receptions, 538.7 yards, 12.7 yards per catch.
Pretty close. My top three wideouts taken in round one since 2016: Justin Jefferson, Calvin Ridley, CeeDee Lamb. Top three second-rounders since 2017: Michael Thomas, D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown. Six very good players right there. My feeling is the second-rounders, in total, are better. I’m not trying to say any of the top receivers won’t be good pros, although history says at least one won’t be. I’m trying to say when Metcalf goes 64 and JuJu Smith-Schuster 62, Tyler Boyd 55, and Michael Thomas 47, maybe the conversation in the draft room should be: We’ll get a good one in round two or three. Let’s solve bigger problems elsewhere early.
That would be a good thing.
For years ( or even decades ) the Lions seem to always lean towards skill positions and forget about line play. That’s why for years ( or even decades ) the Lions were one of the worst teams when it was 3rd and short on either side of the ball.
Look at most Super Bowl teams. 3rd and one - we’ll get that yard with a run 95 percent of the time.
The Lions need everything. Start with either an o-lineman or a quality defensive play (LB or lineman)
Sporting News or some similar name group is listing the Lions taking the QB from North Dakota.
Say it ain’t so Joe
Say it ain’t so
The last time I recall a solid offensive line where the Lions were really good on short yardage was when Billy Sims was RB.
Detroit has had a lot of good receivers and a great back in Barry Saunders but they never had an o-line like they had in Dallas or Washington when they won the super bowl(s).
So overall I’d say they have ignored the O-line because it was never good enough.
Today you have two solid O-linemen who took time to get their current status, but why not add another possible 10 year starter in Sewell. Become dominate in the trenches. It would be a nice change.