The Detroit Lions have plenty of needs to improve their roster for next season and they have to consider taking a wide receiver. Given that, the Lions and Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy would be an intriguing match.
In Matt Patricia’s second season as head coach, the Lions currently have a 3-8-1 record and is projected to have the sixth-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Due to having a top-six pick, Detroit could have a shot at winning the sweepstakes for Jeudy.
Just looking ahead to next year’s draft, Jeudy is being labeled as the best wide receiver available by many people. The junior wide receiver for Alabama has arguably been the best wide receiver in college football since 2018.
Over the past two years, Jeudy has combined for 139 receptions, 2,274 yards, and 23 touchdowns. Jeudy’s combination of route-running and strong hands have made him a coveted prospect for NFL teams.
Next year’s class of wide receivers is being deemed as the best class we’ve seen since the historic 2014 class. Of course, that draft class featured the likes of Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins, Davante Adams, Brandin Cooks, and Odell Beckham Jr.
Provided that, it is impressive for Jeudy to be considered the best wide receiver in next year’s draft class. Along with Jeudy, there are two other wide receivers on Alabama’s offense who could also be selected in the first round.
For the Lions, they already have two talented wide receivers on their roster in Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. Adding another wide receiver into the mix would only make Detroit’s passing attack with Matthew Stafford even more dangerous.
Despite having Golladay and Jones, both of them will become unrestricted free agents in 2021. It’s likely that the Lions choose to retain Golladay over Jones instead of signing both of them to lucrative contracts.
Therefore, selecting Jeudy would give Detroit a contingency plan at the wide receiver position. At the same time, you would be inheriting a wide receiver who has the potential of becoming an elite wide receiver in the NFL.
A duo of Golladay and Jeudy would arguably be the best in the NFL for years to come. With Stafford throwing the ball, the Lions’ passing attack would be effective.
Without a doubt, the Lions could also use some help on the defensive side of the ball. In light of that, Detroit could decide to use their first-round selection to bolster their defense.
But if they choose to take the best player available, you aren’t going to find many better players than Jeudy.