If the Detroit Lions don’t sign a free agent wide receiver, don’t be too shocked.
They may have their eye on the draft for filling the No. 2 wide receiver role.
General manager Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Caldwell represented the Lions at Clemson’s Pro Day on Thursday. Of course they were checking out wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
The Lions have the 10th overall pick in the draft and Watkins is expected to go top five. Will Mayhew make a deal to move up? We won’t know until May 8, but certainly it’s a possibility.
If Watkins is gone and no deal is made, the Lions could possibly draft Mike Evans (in photo), a 6-foot-5 wide receiver out of Texas A&M. Every NFL team including the Lions was represented at Texas A&M’s pro day on Wednesday.
ESPN analyst Todd McShay has Evans going to Detroit in his Mock Draft 3.0 which was released Thursday. (He has Watkins going to the Raiders in the fifth spot.)
Here’s part of McShay’s analysis on Evans: “He is one of the best receivers at coming down with 50-50 balls that I've ever evaluated, and he's the most accomplished downfield receiving threat in this class. UNC tight end Eric Ebron would be another option here. Given the depth of the cornerback class, I think the Lions can wait to add a good one.’’
Free agents can be signed starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Teams can start talking with free agents on Saturday.