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Lions’ 2017 NFL Draft pick: WR Kenny Golladay goes 96th overall to Detroit

With their third-round pick, the Lions took WR Kenny Golladay at No. 96.

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After trading down with the New England Patriots, the Lions have made their third-round selection. With the 96th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have selected wide receiver Kenny Golladay from Northern Illinois in the third round.

Detroit had a pretty big need for a receiver with Anquan Boldin still undecided on what team he’ll return to in 2017. They knew this, scheduling several pre-draft meetings with wide receiver prospects.

One of those receivers was Golladay, who according to Dave Birkett visited with the Lions in early April.

Golladay turned a lot of heads with his impressive NFL Combine performance. Despite a huge frame—6-foot-4, 218 pounds—Golladay clocked in with an impressive 4.5 40-yard dash.

His size and athleticism makes him a wide target for Matthew Stafford, but Golladay still has room to grow as a route runner.

Here are some highlights of Golladay, who will immediately come in and compete with the likes of TJ Jones, Jace Billingsley and recently-signed Keshawn Martin:

Lions 2017 draft picks:

  • Round 1, Pick 21 (21 overall): LB Jarrad Davis, Florida
  • Round 2, Pick 21 (53 overall): CB Teez Tabor, Florida
  • Round 3, Pick 32 (96 overall): WR Kenny Golladay, Northern Illinois

Lions remaining picks

  • Round 4, Pick 16 (124 overall)
  • Round 4, Pick 20 (128 overall)
  • Round 5, Pick 21 (165 overall)
  • Round 6, Pick 21 (205 overall)
  • Round 6, Pick 31 (215 overall) - Via Patriots from Kyle Van Noy Trade
  • Round 7, Pick 32 (250 overall) - Via Patriots from Michael Williams Trade

Top remaining needs for Lions:

  • Linebacker
  • Defensive end
  • Defensive tackle
  • Wide receiver
  • Running back
  • Cornerback
  • Tight end
  • Free safety

NFL Draft schedule


What: Rounds 4-7 of the NFL Draft
When: Saturday, April 29, Noon ET
Where: Philadelphia, PA
TV: NFL Network, ESPN
Time per pick: Rounds 4-6: 5 minutes; Round 7: 4 minutes
Estimated time of Lions picks:

  • Pick 128 overall: 1:35 p.m. ET
  • Pick 165 overall: 3:15 p.m. ET
  • Pick 205 overall: 4:55 p.m. ET
  • Pick 215 overall: 5:15 p.m. ET
  • Pick 250 overall: 6:30 p.m. ET


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