Last season saw a set back for Robert Prince and Detroit’s wide receiving corps. In the beginning of the season, under Joe Lombardi, the Lions offense struggled. But stability was created in the pass happy offense when Jim Bob Cooter took over. But with star receiver Calvin Johnson retiring from the NFL at age 30, the Lions are now desperate to find a replacement.
Track star Corey Fuller took a big leap in terms of skill level throughout training camp and preseason, yet failed to make the impact the Lions had hoped for. Fuller still remains a solid rotational option heading into the 2016 season, but will likely be bypassed for the number three option in the passing game if the Lions do select a wide receiver with the 16th overall pick.
And assuming that Detroit will remain at pick 16, with no trades at hand, there are obvious wide receivers out of play. But with the likes of Laquon Treadwell and Corey Coleman, who should the Lions select?
Laquon Treadwell should remain firmly in the conversation of being drafted in the first round. The Lions found out this year what happens when the offense sputter: you lose games. The Lions need to bolster their receiving corps and help Matthew Stafford in the passing game.
Overall Analysis: Laquon Treadwell has the ability to become a great wide receiver in the NFL, but probably never elite. He stands at 6’3″, a size that fits the profile of a number one receiver. And his speed helps create separation from the corner back, a trait that makes him the number one overall receiver in this years draft. So even if the Lions wanted to draft Treadwell, he may be long gone before the Lions even pick at 16 overall.