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Sunday open thread: When is the earliest the Lions should consider drafting a wide receiver?

Wide receiver is an underrated need for the Lions, so how should they address it?

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Through free agency and means of trade, the Lions have now acquired a dozen new players and have re-signed several players to new contracts. Despite this, the team hasn’t appeared to have gotten that much better, if at all better than last year’s roster. There are still some holes on the roster, some much bigger than others.

Adding an edge rusher, another interior defensive lineman and a starting guard are probably the areas that the Lions need to address the most, but I would argue that wide receiver is one of the more underrated needs the Lions currently have. They can get by with what they have, sure, but Marvin Jones turns 30 soon on the last year of his deal, while Danny Amendola was just re-signed to a one-year contract. Pretty soon, the Lions are going to have themselves a big problem at the WR spot if they do not address.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

When is the earliest you’re willing to take a wide receiver in this year’s draft?

My answer: I would be open to taking one in the first round if and only if the Lions trade back at least once and the top defensive prospects are all gone. This wouldn’t be the most ideal scenario for me, but I think in the 5-15 range I would be comfortable with taking one of the top three receivers.

Jerry Jeudy is arguably the best fit for this team because he offers the ability to line up essentially everywhere and is the most dynamic of the top three receivers. I also really love Henry Ruggs III’s fit here as Detroit needs a speed receiver for the long-term, and he offers a lot more than just speed. CeeDee Lamb is maybe my favorite receiver to watch, simply because he is an absolute touchdown machine. I think the Lions could benefit greatly from taking any one of these three players.

But there are still many areas that are more important for the Lions to address, so unless the value isn’t there at other major needs wherever they are selecting, I think the Lions are better suited to wait until Day 2, where there will be many talented receivers still on the board.

Your turn.

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