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Toward the end of the season, the Lions' receiver depth was anemic. Injuries struck budding receiver Ryan Broyles (ACL), veteran Nate Burleson (leg) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (ankle). On-field drama with receiver Titus Young has his career as a Detroit Lion currently in limbo.
The Lions were stuck with below-average receivers like Kris Durham and Brian Robiskie. With their current starters in recovery, Detroit is in need of depth on the outside.
Plenty of big-name receivers could be intriguing, like veterans Greg Jennings, Dwayne Bowe and Mike Wallace.
Jennings has dealt with a scary injury history with Green Bay. Throughout his injuries, he's lost targets to James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Jennings still has a good burst at 29 years old, but might cost too much to be brought to Detroit.
Bowe has been hot and cold throughout his career in Kansas City. He finally emerged in 2010, catching 15 touchdowns and notching the first of back-to-back 1,100-yard seasons. However, Bowe, along with the rest of the Chiefs, regressed in 2012 and cut his season short after a serious rib injury.
Wallace created a whirlwind of controversy while holding out for a contract extension this past offseason. He didn't play up to those contract hopes, and the Lions don't need to involve themselves in that bidding war.
Detroit is better equipped with drafting a late-round rookie like Auburn wideout Emory Blake or Texas A&M's Ryan Swope. The Lions need cheaper and younger talent instead of overspending for overrated players.