The Detroit Lions didn't experience much success in the 2021 NFL season, going 3-13-1 across the 17-game schedule. Some changes will need to be made in the offseason to take the team to the next level and the Lions coaching staff intends to do that by filling out a certain position group in the coming months.
Detroit wide receivers coach Antwaan Randle El told Detroit News earlier this week that he hopes for the Lions to add three wideouts before the 2022 season begins.
Detroit Lions Wide Receivers
Randle El hopes to add a couple of wide receivers via the 2022 NFL Draft and at least one through free agency. The goal is to get someone who can compliment their young wideouts like Amon-Ra St. Brown and Quintez Cephus.
"You always want to have a guy, so to speak, that guy, we’re throwing to him, we don’t care who is covering what, we know he can go up and get that."- Antwaan Randle El
While the Lions averaged 211.6 passing yards per game in 2021 (No. 18), St. Brown (912) and Kalif Raymond (576) were the only Detroit wideouts to finish with at least 400 receiving yards. Cephus and Josh Reynolds would've likely surpassed that total too, but injuries prevented that from happening.
Fortunately, the Lions have a plethora of draft picks in April. Detroit has 10 selections to make at the 2022 NFL Draft, including five in the first three rounds. While they likely won't take a wideout with the second overall pick, they can still find someone promising at No. 32 or No. 34 in the second round.
At the end of the day, the Lions are in a fortunate position. Along with their draft picks, they have an estimated $23.9 million in cap space, according to Spotrac. If Detroit can take advantage of the situation, next season will go a lot smoother.
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