It was a bit of a surprise that the Detroit Lions didn’t take a wide receiver at all in the 2016 NFL Draft.
With Calvin Johnson now retired, you would have thought the Lions would have at some point snagged a wide out within the seven rounds of the draft, but that wasn’t the case.
The Lions waited until after the draft to do such a thing.
Jay Lee, a speedy receiver from Baylor University found himself as an undrafted free agent until Detroit came calling. Immediately after the draft concluded, the Lions were quick to sign Lee and make him apart of the roster.
Lee is a big bodied receiver (6-foot-1) with lengthy arms (33 inches) who has the ability to haul in balls away from his body. Lee uses his speed and outstanding strength to fend off defenders and get yards after the catch.
The big ‘caution flag’ per say with Lee are his hands and the fact that he really isn’t ‘polished’ in the route running department.
There is plenty of competition at wide receiver for the Detroit Lions in camp this year.
Marvin Jones was the big name this off-season when the Lions announced they had reached a five-year deal with the former Cincinnati Bengal, worth $40 million. Jones obviously isn’t going to be Calvin Johnson, but he will surely help fill the void. I realize he wasn’t the most popular option with some, but he was the best option at wide receiver in free agency. I know there were names out there like Anquan Boldin and Andre Johnson. Both are established veterans that could help any team at the wide receiver position, but they’re both in their mid 30’s and Jones is only 26, so it makes sense from that perspective.
The Lions also signed Jeremy Kerley and Andre Caldwell both to one-year deals.
Golden Tate, T.J. Jones and Corey Fuller will all factor in as well to the Lions’ plan at wide receiver.
I see Marvin Jones and Golden Tate being number 1 & 2 on the outside with T.J. Jones, Fuller and Caldwell all vying for the slot position.
That leaves two, maybe three spots open on the roster at wide out, depending on how the coaching staff ends up shaping the final 53.
It’s more of a long shot for a guy like Jay Lee to make the final 53-man roster, but with hard work, you never know what will happen and Lee is someone who works extremely hard to get better.
Look for Lee to make some noise and force the coaches to watch him closely.
What do you think, Nation, will undrafted free agent, Jay Lee be a Detroit Lion come Week 1 of the regular season?