3 Greatest Wide Receivers in Lions History

Max Staley
Calvin Johnson is one of the best wideouts in Lions history.
Calvin Johnson is one of the best wideouts in Lions history. / David Banks/Getty Images
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The Detroit Lions haven't historically been one of the NFL's most successful franchises, though they have always had some extremely talented players. And wide receiver is certainly no exception.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the three best wideouts in Lions' history.

Best Lions Wide Receivers

3. Johnnie Morton (1994-01)

Johnnie Morton is one of the best Lions wideouts ever.
Johnnie Morton is one of the best Lions wideouts ever. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Johnnie Morton and the next name on this list combined to form a pretty dangerous 1-2 punch in the 90's. Morton is third all time on the Lions in receptions (469), receiving yards (6,499) and tied for third in TDs (35). He was never selected to a Pro Bowl, but he had four 1,000-yard seasons during his eight-year tenure in Detroit.

2. Herman Moore (1991-01)

Herman Moore is one of the best Lions wideouts ever.
Herman Moore is one of the best Lions wideouts ever. / Tim Broekema/Getty Images

Were it not for the next name on the list, Herman Moore would likely be known as the best Lions' wideout ever. His 9,174 yards are the second most in franchise history, as are his 670 receptions and 62 touchdowns. He was a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro selection.

1. Calvin Johnson (2007-15)

Calvin Johnson is the best Lions' wide receiver ever.
Calvin Johnson is the best Lions' wide receiver ever. / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

If you designed the perfect wide receiver in a lab, he would probably come out looking a lot like Calvin Johnson. At 6-foot-5, Johnson still managed to run a 4.35 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Simply put, he could just do it all. He was un-coverable on deep balls, and served as an incredible possession receiver as well. Like Barry Sanders before him, though, Johnson's career didn't last as long as many thought it would, but he didn't need much time to leave his mark. He played nine seasons, and is the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards (11,619) touchdowns (83) and receptions (731). The six-time Pro Bowler is a lock for the Hall of Fame.


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