Receiver is going to be a need position for the Detroit Lions this offseason, and more than likely the team will end up taking one in the draft.
It may not be as big a need at this point as offensive or defensive tackle, but it will be a position Detroit will have to address one way or the other. One avenue could be free agency, but even if the Lions sign a wideout in free agency you have to figure they will look to the draft, as well.
With that in mind, here are five players to pay attention to next week in Indianapolis:
Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi (6-foot-2, 210 pounds): He had 196 catches for 2,322 yards and 18 touchdowns in his three years at Ole Miss -- although he missed part of 2014 after a nasty leg injury. The biggest question for the Lions is if he would make it to No. 16 -- receiver-hungry teams would likely target him prior to that. If he is there at No. 16, Detroit would almost have to at least consider taking him.
Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh (6-2, 200): In three years, he became Pitt’s all-time leader in receptions (254) and receiving yards (3,361) -- a feat, considering Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Bryant both went to the school. He also had 21 touchdowns. His receiver numbers could have been gaudier, but he was used as a rusher as well last season, rushing 40 times for 349 yards.
Josh Doctson, TCU (6-3, 195): He could push Treadwell to be the top receiver in the draft and had fantastic production at TCU. After two straight 1,000-yard seasons, he finished with 180 catches for 2,785 yards and 29 touchdowns in three seasons at TCU. He transferred from Wyoming, where he had 35 catches for 393 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman. His story, as chronicled by Dan Wolken here, is pretty interesting.
Braxton Miller, Ohio State (6-1, 204): Miller’s story is well-known to those who follow college football. Once Ohio State’s starting quarterback and a Heisman Trophy contender, he was pushed to third string last season and moved to wide receiver. He caught 26 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns last season along with rushing 42 times for 260 yards and a touchdown. He would be at least a partial project but could pay massive dividends down the road with his speed and intelligence. Also, GM Bob Quinn loves versatility out of players and Miller could become the No. 3 quarterback, as well.
Tajae Sharpe, UMass (6-2, 189): Had a strong senior season with 111 catches for 1,319 yards, including six games with more than 10 receptions. Also went over 1,000 yards as a junior. He played well enough at the East-West Shrine Game to be added to the Senior Bowl the following week. Based on this story from MassLive.com, Sharpe’s hands could be an issue and something to watch in Indianapolis.