A lot has changed with the Detroit Lions since they played their last snap of football a few months ago, and I don’t mean that lightly.
An almost entirely new coaching staff, a new general manager, and a new starting quarterback are just some of the changes the Lions have made so far this offseason—and there’s plenty of more to come. Seeing as free agency has started to cool down some, the next big event on the calendar where a franchise can change its fortunes—both presently and in the future—is the NFL Draft.
This leads us to today’s Question of the Day…
Do the Lions need to draft a wide receiver at No. 7?
So there’s no good reason to say Detroit absolutely needs to draft a wideout with the No. 7 overall pick, but there’s a very good argument to be made as to why it’s probably the best bang for their buck.
The Lions roster, as previously mentioned, has undergone quite a bit of changeover from last year to this upcoming season. Aside from the quarterback position, which is still subject to change should the right player be there when Detroit’s picking in the first round, the position that’s going to look the most different from a year ago is also on the offensive side of the ball: wide receiver.
Detroit’s current depth chart at wideout includes newcomers like Tyrell Williams, Breshad Perriman, and Kalif Raymond. Noticeably absent are players like Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr., and (likely) Danny Amendola. If there’s a position where the Lions could stand to drastically improve their top-end talent at a position, yes, linebacker and safety are right at the top of the list, but the value in this draft, especially where the Lions are situated at No. 7, is at wide receiver.
If ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reading the tea leaves right and four quarterbacks are set to be picked in the first seven picks, that leaves the Lions with plenty of options at the wide receiver position. One of Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, or DeVonta Smith is more than likely to be available when Detroit’s on the clock, and unless you’re throwing Kyle Pitts into this equation—which you absolutely should, he might be the best offensive weapon in this draft—value would be meeting a need in a beautiful way for the Lions.