Over the next several days, leading up to the NFL draft, we’ll take a position-by-position look at the Detroit Lions’ roster situation and evaluate how the team might address these positions during the event. Today: Wide receivers and tight ends
When it comes to being set at a position, at least for the 2018 season, the Lions might not be in better shape at a spot more than wide receiver. The team returns its top-four options from a year ago — a highly successful group led by the tandem of Marvin Jones and Golden Tate and supplemented by the rapidly developing Kenny Golladay and steadily improving TJ Jones.
The opposite could be said about Detroit’s tight ends, a group that was overhauled this offseason. The team parted ways with former first-round pick Eric Ebron after four seasons, and Darren Fells, who played more than 500 offensive snaps in 2017, signed with the Cleveland Browns in free agency.
A more traditional slot option on Day 2 would be Memphis’ Anthony Miller. Shifty and productive (191 receptions and 22 touchdowns the past two years), he could offer the Lions some of the missed tackles and yards after the catch that have made Tate some effective.
But while addressing wide receiver can’t be ruled out, the need at tight end is more pressing. It’s Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys not likely to be a position the Lions seriously consider in the opening round, but is in play as early as the second, especially if Dallas Goedert is still on the board.
Chubb marries his feet to his eyes to set up defenders with quick cuts, patching together his moves and forcing off-balanced tackle attempts. Chubb showed off his impressive lower-body power at the combine with 38.5-inch vertical and 10-feet-8 broad jump. With only four catches as a senior, Chubb is somewhat unproven as a receiving threat with Michel often handling the third-down duties for the Bulldogs. But as long as the doctors give the A-Okay with his surgically repaired knee, Chubb will be a solid day two running back target.
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