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In an interview with Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website, Mayhew made it pretty clear that finding help at wide receiver is a major priority. Right now Calvin Johnson is the only wideout with an active contract on the roster.
As he told Twentyman:
"We want guys that if, for whatever reason, Calvin’s getting doubled or he’s not playing in a particular game, can go out and make plays by himself."
But he's not just looking for a complementary piece to Megatron. Mayhew continues:
"So, you know, we’re going to be looking for receivers that can win one-on-one battles, win one-on-one matchups and make plays down the field."
Those kind of premium receivers go early in the draft. Even in this very deep class of wideouts, there is a clear cream at the top with Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Marqise Lee and perhaps Odell Beckham Jr., who merit consideration at No. 10.
The next tier is deep and should extend into the range where the Lions pick at No. 45 in the second round. Brandin Cooks of Oregon State highlights that group.
Cooks (pictured above) turned heads in Indy with his official 4.33 40 time. That number marks the fastest official time of any wide receiver.
Mayhew's intimation that the Lions are looking for a playmaking stud at receiver only confirms what everyone has long suspected. It will be more of a surprise if the Lions do not take a wide receiver in the first two rounds than if they do select one.