What if Calvin Johnson Does Retire

What if Calvin Johnson Does Retire by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

The Lions are batting a pathetic .090 when drafting WRs since 2003.

Detroit is so bad at drafting wide receivers, that most don’t stay in the NFL, let alone stay on the Lion’s roster for long.

Can Detroit replace Megatron? If we look at the Lions record of drafting wide receivers, the answer is “not through the draft, that is for certain!

Here’s their unimpressive batting record over the last 12 years…..

2014- WR- T J Jones

2013- WR- Corey Fuller


2012- WR- Ryan Broyles


2011- WR- Titus Young

2010- WR- Tim Toone


2009- WR- Derrick Williams

2008- WR- Kenny Moore

2007- WR- Calvin Johnson****


2005- WR- Mike Williams

2004- WR- Roy Williams


2003- WR- Charles Rogers

Only one out of the last 11 WRs drafted by the Detroit Lions has worked out for them (Granted, the one ****HOF WR almost makes up for the other ten busts.)

In 2014, the Detroit Lions passed on WR Odell Beckham Jr (12th overall selection) , WR Brandon Cooks (20th overall selection) and WR Kelvin Benjamin (28th overall selection) to select TE Eric Ebron with their 10th overall selection in that recent NFL Draft.

It is frightening to think how much another bust could hurt the Lions. It’s also frightening to think how good the Lions would have been if they had gotten Odell Beckham Jr in 2014, or WR Sammy Watkins in 2015. Both are true Home Run hitters, and Detroit could have used a Home Run wide receiver to up their batting average and a star already on their roster in 2016, if Megatron does indeed retire!

 

The Amazing 2014 Rookie Wide Receivers

The Amazing 2014 Rookie Wide Receivers by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

We tend to forget, that in 2013, some pretty good wide receivers were drafted. The first wide receiver drafted was Tavon Auston – 1st round St Louis selection at #8. He was followed by DeAndre Hopkins (Houston) and Cordarrelle Patterson (Minnesota) also in the first round. 2nd round wide receivers drafted were – Justin Hunter, Robert Woods & Aaron Dobson. 3rd round – Terrance Williams, Marquise Goodwin, Markus Wheaton & Stedman Bailey. In the 5th round, Kenny Stills was drafted by New Orleans and Baltimore later landed un-drafted wide receiver Marlon Brown…an impressive list of stars in the NFL.
If not for the class of 2014 wide receivers, the 2013 rookie accomplishments would be the bench mark for wide receivers coming into the league. The class of 2014 however, blew their numbers out of the gator-aid barrel and made for a new crazy-high standard which will make rookie WRs think twice before getting cocky on their way up the NFL draft podium.

A few of the TOP rookie WRs in 2013:

1) Cordarrelle Patterson – 627 yards & 7 TDs – ranked 38th among all WRs
2) Terrance Williams – 736 yards & 5 TDs – ranked 40th among all WRs
3) Kenny Stills – 641 yards & 5 TDs – ranked 47th among all WRs
4) Marlon Brown – 524 yards & 7 TDs – ranked 48th among all WRs
5) DeAndre Hopkins – 802 yards & 2 TDs – ranked 50th among all WRs

Another large class of rookie wide receivers came into the league in 2014. Five wide receivers were drafted in round one on the NFL draft – Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin. 2009 is the last year that 5+ WRs went in the first. In the 2nd round, seven more wide receivers were drafted – Marqise Lee, Jordan Matthews, Paul Richardson, Davante Adams, Cody Latimer, Allen Robinson and Jarvis Landry. Josh Huff, Donte Moncrief and John Brown in round 3. Martavius Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers made the biggest splash of the 3 WRs drafted in round 4.
Let’s take a look at some of the astounding stats of the TOP rookie WRs in 2014:

1) Odell Beckham Jr – 1305 yards & 12 TDs – ranked 5th among all WRs
2) Mike Evans – 1051 yards & 12 TDs – ranked 11th among all WRs
3) Kelvin Benjamin – 1008 yards & 9 TDs – ranked 16th among all WRs
4) Jordan Matthews – 872 yards & 8 TDs – ranked 24th among all WRs
5) Sammy Watkins – 982 yards & 6 TDs – ranked 25th among all WRs

To give you even more perspective on what this WR class achieved, in his rookie season in 2007, Calvin Johnson finished with 756 yards and 5 total touchdowns. He finished his 2nd year in the NFL 1331 yards and 12 TDs which is comparable to that numbers Odell Beckham put up in his rookie season. However, Megatron played all 16 games in 2008- Beckham amassed 1305 yards and 12 TDs in only 12 games.

The 2015 WR rookie class offers up once again, size and talent:
1) Amari Cooper – Alabama – 6’1″
2) Kevin White – West Virginia – 6’3″
3) DeVante Parker – Louisville – 6’3″
4) Dorial Green-Beckham – Oklahoma – 6’5″
5) Jaelen Strong – Arizona State – 6’3″
6) Sammie Coates – Auburn – 6’2″
7) Devin Funchess – Michigan – 6’5″

The expectations for these young men will be daunting however, because few will tend to forget the extraordinary year of the rookie WRs – 2014.