The Lions don’t currently have a receiver on the roster signed beyond the 2020 season, but with Marvin Jones Jr., Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola on board for this year, Cephus isn’t likely to contribute much his rookie season.
But new Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah was a big fan of Cephus in college:
Jeff Okudah: "Quintez Cephus from Wisconsin, I think he's the best receiver I went against. It doesn't matter what his 40 time was. Football is played in between the lines and he's a technician, someone that I changed my plan up for every single week."— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) April 25, 2020
Cephus is a jump-ball specialist, even at just 6-foot-1. Athletically, speaking, however, he’s just an average prospect.
With pick 166 in the 2020 NFL Draft, the #Lions selected Quintez Cephus, WR, Wisconsin.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 25, 2020
He posted an okay #RAS with good size, very poor speed, great explosiveness, poor agility at the WR position.https://t.co/e0h7qZEdZ4#OnePride pic.twitter.com/BMIDX3Rv3o
Cephus was also expelled from Wisconsin following a sexual assault charge in 2018. However, he was acquitted and reinstated the following year.
2017: 30 catches, 501 yards, 6 TDs
2019: 59 catches, 901 yards, 7 TDs
Detroit has three more picks left tonight.
Lions picks thus far:
- Round 1, Pick 3 - OSU CB Jeff Okudah
- Round 2, Pick 3 (35 overall) - Georgia RB D’Andre Swift
- Round 3, Pick 3 (67 overall) - Notre Dame EDGE Julian Okwara
- Round 3, Pick 11 (75 overall) - OSU G Jonah Jackson
- Round 4, Pick 15 (121 overall) - Kentucky G Logan Stenberg
- Round 5, Pick 21 (166 overall) - Wisconsin WR Quintez Cephus
Lions remaining picks
- Round 5, Pick 27 (172 overall) - from Raiders
- Round 6, Pick 18 (197) — From Colts
- Round 7, Pick 21 (235 overall) - from Eagles via Patriots
Top remaining needs for Lions:
- Defensive tackle
Offensive guard Wide receiver Edge defender Running back
NFL Draft schedule
What: Rounds 4 through 7
When: Saturday, April 25 — Noon ET until around 7 p.m.
TV: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network
Online streaming: ESPN app, NFL Network Live
Online streaming for Draftathon charity event: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook
Lions picks: Round 4, Pick 3 (109); Round 5, Pick 3 (149); Round 5, Pick 20 (166); Round 6, Pick 3 (182); Round 7, Pick 21 (235)