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Wide receiver standouts at the NFL Combine

The Lions may take Mike Evans in the first round of the NFL Draft.
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The NFL Scouting Combine is over. Some stocks are up, and some are down. You don't want to read too much into these performances, as everybody will tell you, but they can still tell you something. I am going to be looking at the players who stood out on offense at the Combine, at least at positions that the Lions need help with. By which I mean wide receiver.

That's pretty much it. You can maybe make a case for tight end, I guess, and maybe they can get one late. They may not bring Brandon Pettigrew back, but they have Joseph Fauria, and blocking tight ends are easy to come by. Detroit is set at quarterback and running back, and also at offensive line, I reckon. Maybe they could consider a center to serve as a backup for Dominic Raiola, to take over for him next year, when he presumably retires. However, I'm just thinking about wide receiver. They may take players at other positions. They have several picks, after all.

Anyway, some people are talking about receivers being taken with the 10th overall pick, but I'm not into that. Receiver is too deep, and good players are readily available late. Unless you are getting an elite talent, like Sammy Watkins, it isn't really worth it. The Lions won't get Watkins. He'll be gone. The names getting mentioned are Mike Evans from Texas A&M and USC's Marqise Lee. Both are good receivers. Both excelled at the Combine, Evans particularly. He ran about the same as Lee, but he's much bigger. He's sort of like Johnson in terms of his body size. If the Lions traded down and took him, say, 16th, that'd be great. At 10, however, I'm not into it.

In the second and third rounds, however, a wide receiver would be a good get, and here are some of the guys who did well at the Combine who I think would be worth a shot there.

If you just want straight speed, there's Colorado's Paul Richardson. He had a big year playing for a less than great team. He could be a good pick, say, in the third round. The two guys who had big Combines, however, that really intrigue me are Ole Miss' Donte Moncrief and Clemson's Martavis Bryant. Moncrief ran a 4.4 40-yard dash, while Bryant went 4.42. Bryant had 16 reps in the bench press. Moncreif and Bryant were also close in the vertical leap, and in the top six. Moncrief had the best broad jump at 132 inches. Bryant also did well there.

Moncrief did all that at 6'2'' 221, while Bryant is 6'4''. Of course, the Lions don't need a big receiver. They have Megatron and Kris Durham. However, it's not like a big guy who has athletic skills doesn't have value. I liked Moncrief in college as well, so if he ended up a Lions on Day 2, that'd be great. Also, for a late round, local pick, there's Saginaw Valley State's Jeff Janis. He did good in a lot of events, including 20 reps in the bench press. He would be worth it as a latter pick. I mean, the Lions could use more than one receiver.

Those are only a few games, and the Lions may not get one of them. That wouldn't be an issue either. I'd be fine with it. However, if they get one of those guys, I will be quite pleased with it. I certainly would prefer that to Evans 10th overall.

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