We've seen Martin Mayhew and Jim Schwartz target little-known, Michigan-based talent before. Last year the selection of Chris Greenwood from Division III Albion College in the fifth round was a shocker to most fans.
Joique Bell, from Benton Harbor and Wayne State University, was an under-the-radar signing in 2011 that paid big dividends last season.
Charles Johnson, out of Division II Grand Valley State University, could be the next local boy to make good with the Lions. He impressed during his pro day and addresses many of their concerns in the receiver department.
The Lions need a swift catcher to stretch the field opposite Calvin Johnson.
As MLive.com reported, Johnson certainly has the speed. He turned a few heads when he ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at Kelly Family Sports Center in Allendale, Michigan.
If he would have ran that time at the NFL Combine it would've been the fifth-best among receivers.
His performance as a whole was impressive as well (Mlive):
Johnson also jumped 39 1/2 inches in the vertical leap, 11-foot-1 in the broad jump and had 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He also checked in, officially, at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds.
In two years at GVSU his numbers weren't too bad either: 128 receptions, 2229 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Johnson is the perfect low-risk prospect to take a sixth or seventh round flyer on. The only problem is that he might go earlier than that. Every NFL team has been to Allendale to watch his tape, so the Lions don't have the inside scoop on this one.