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3 Wide Receivers the Lions Can Draft to Replace Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr.

Isaiah De Los Santos
Three WRs the Detroit Lions should consider in the 2021 NFL Draft to replace Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr.
Three WRs the Detroit Lions should consider in the 2021 NFL Draft to replace Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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The Detroit Lions' receiving corps could look vastly different in 2021, with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. both set to become free agents. Golladay is electric when on the field, but that was a struggle for the WR this season. Jones could be headed for a decent payday as one of the top wide receivers available this offseason.

However, with No. 7 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Lions can use that selection to choose one of the standout wideout prospects in this year's class. With that in mind, here are three wide receivers Detroit can pick to replace Golladay or Jones.

1. DeVonta Smith

Alabama's DeVonta Smith would be a fantastic addition if he falls to No. 7.
Alabama's DeVonta Smith would be a fantastic addition if he falls to No. 7. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Hesiman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith is regarded as this year's best wideout by some, if not most draft analysts, and it'd be incredible luck if he falls to the Lions at No. 7. The Alabama senior was dominant, racking up 1,856 yards and 23 TDs for the undefeated Crimson Tide in 2020. Losing Golladay or Jones would be big for Detroit, but adding Smith should help ease the pain of either of those departures if they come.

2. Ja'Marr Chase

LSU's Ja'Marr Chase is one of the top WR prospects in this year's class.
LSU's Ja'Marr Chase is one of the top WR prospects in this year's class. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Despite sitting out the 2020 college football season, Ja'Marr Chase is in contention to be the first wideout selected in the draft. The LSU wideout's 2019 campaign was sensational, as he totaled 1,780 receiving yards and 20 TDs. Pairing Chase with quarterback Matthew Stafford is an exciting thought.

3. Jaylen Waddle

Alabama's Jaylen Waddle is an electric receiver.
Alabama's Jaylen Waddle is an electric receiver. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is one of the most electric talents in the entire draft class, making him a tantalizing top-10 draft pick candidate. Waddle's insane speed and dynamic playmaking are what make him attractive, both as a deep route runner and in the open field. He was hampered by an ankle injury this year, and only put up 1,999 yards and 17 TDs over his two and a half college seasons, but the talent and potential is clearly there.


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