One WR Detroit Lions could target on each day of the 2024 NFL Draft

One of the positions the Detroit Lions could address in the 2024 NFL Draft is wide receiver, where the team has some question marks going into the upcoming season.

The Lions are going to need more out of Jameson Williams in 2024 — and that’s especially true after the departure of Detroit’s No. 2 receiver in terms of production last season, Josh Reynolds. However, Williams has yet to prove he can be relied upon for a bigger role, so the jury is still out there.

But the Lions also don’t have depth behind Williams and Amon-Ra St. Brown, especially when it comes to options on the outside. Ideally, Detroit brings in a starting-caliber player to line up opposite Williams.

With all that in mind, here’s a look at one wide receiver the Lions could realistically target on each day of the draft, and more specifically, players who can line up outside.

Day 1: Adonai Mitchell, Texas

Mitchell was once slated to be an early second-round pick, but his stock has risen in recent months and he could very well be off the board before the Lions’ No. 29 pick. But, if there’s one receiver I’m OK with the Lions trading up for, Mitchell is it.

Standing at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Mitchell has the kind of size you want in a boundary receiver, and he boasts the type of speed (4.34 40-yard dash) that makes him a threat at every level of the field. Mitchell should be an impact player in his first campaign, which makes him an even better fit for the win-now Lions.

Day 2: Devontez Walker, North Carolina

Walker is the true definition of a deep threat thanks to his vertical speed that can take the top off a defense. He has shown improvement with contested catches and has great size (nearly 6-foot-2), two traits that can help him become a reliable red-zone target. If the Lions wait until Day 2 to take a wide receiver, they could do a lot worse than Walker.

Day 3: Brenden Rice, USC

The son of NFL legend and Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice, the USC product has the pedigree to be an impact player at the next level. At 6-foot-2, Rice is a physical wideout who has enough speed to make plays down the field. He has also shown a knack for making contested catches, making him a solid target in almost any situation.


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