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The Lions made some noise with a trade to move up to the 12th pick in the NFL Draft 2022. But it wasn’t to take a quarterback.
As of now, Jared Goff’s job is safe for next season. Despite dealing the 32nd, 34th and 66th picks to the Vikings for the 12th and 46th picks, the Lions made the move to take Alabama receiver Jameson Williams.
Detroit’s quarterback situation is a bit of a mess after the team dealt Matthew Stafford last offseason, but it seems that the Lions would prefer to wait out this year’s class. With Malik Willis and Kenny Pickett the top names coming into the league this season, and the likes of C.J. Stroud and Bryce Young waiting in the wings for 2023, there is some logic in waiting if the Lions see themselves near the top of the draft next season as well.
Williams is seen as a risk since he’s rehabbing a torn ACL, but might have as high an upside as any receiver in the draft. A First Team All-American last season, Williams has blazing speed and went for 1,572 yards in 2021.
The Lions need to rebuild at nearly every position, with receiver being no exception. They prioritized the best available player with edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson at second overall, but GM Brad Holmes is taking a risk in moving up for Williams.
If Williams recovers from the ACL well, then it could easily work out. But it’s unclear when he’ll get back on the field, and what his future could hold.