Top 5 Detroit Lions’ Wide Receivers of All Time

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From 2003-2007, the Detroit Lions drafted four receivers in the first round. To the dismay of countless fans, nearly all of those picks turned to be busts, aside from Calvin Johnson, who went on to be one of the greatest wide receivers in Lions’ history.

Despite the recent busts the Lions have dealt with, over the team’s history, the Lions have had some good receivers grace the Honolulu blue over the years.

Here is a list of the top 5 wide receivers in the history of the Detroit Lions.

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#5 – BRETT PERRIMAN (WR) (1991-1996)

Brett Perriman was graced with the blessing of playing alongside the No. 2 wide receiver on this Top 5 list over his six years in Detroit. 4th on the all-time list in Lions’ franchise history in both receptions (428) and yards (5,244), Perriman was a part of one of the most prolific passing games in the league during his time with the Lions. During his best season in 1995, Perriman had the fourth highest single-season total in team history in terms of receiving yards when he caught 108 passes for 1,488 yards.
#4 – GAIL COGDILL (WR) (1960-1968)

Gail Cogdill was selected in the 6th round of the 1960 NFL draft by the Lions and immediately made an impact. After being named 1960 Offensive Rookie of the Year, Cogdill went on to play 7.5 more years with Detroit, racking up over 5,000 receiving yards and 28 TDs. Currently 7th all-time in receptions and 5th in receiving yards, Cogdill stands above nearly all other wide receivers in the early days of Lions’ history in terms of production.
#3 – Johnnie Morton (WR) (1994-2001)

Johnnie Morton had a lot of hype behind him coming out of college after being selected in the first round by Detroit out of USC in 1994. After a subpar rookie season, Morton lived up to the hype, putting together one of the best careers a Lion receiver ever has. Over his 8-year career in Detroit, Morton eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards four times. Morton currently sits 3rd all-time on the Lions’ historical records list in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns behind the top 2 in our countdown.
#2 – Herman Moore (WR) (1991-2001)

Herman Moore was arguably the greatest Lions’ receiver of all-time before No.1 on our countdown came to town. The Lions all-time leader in receptions (670) played essentially his entire career in Detroit and is second all-time in yards (9,174) and TDs (62). One of the most reliable pass catchers of his time, Moore set an NFL record in the 1995 season when he caught 123 passes, breaking Jerry Rice and Cris Carter’s mark of 122.
#1 – Calvin Johnson (WR) (2007-PRESENT)
Calvin Johnson is the greatest wide receiver in Lions franchise history. With still a handful of years left to play, Johnson already stands alone atop the Detroit record books with 10,405 receiving yards and 74 receiving touchdowns. Just 27 receptions behind Moore, Johnson will surely become the Lions’ all-time leader in receptions too during the 2015-2016 season. It’s hard to argue any Lions’ positional player has had more of an impact on the field since Barry Sanders, and for that reason, Calvo earns the number one spot on DSN’s countdown.