While you weren’t looking, the Detroit Lions added another potential piece to their wide receiver group in former fifth round pick Jarrett Dillard. Dillard, originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars, is one of the most prolific wide receivers in college football history, but his career in Jacksonville never took off due to injuries and inconsistent play both from himself and from the quarterbacks.
With the Jaguars, Dillard was really just another name and a guy with upside, and while he may be the same with the Lions, the guy throwing him passes seriously upgrades his potential.
In college, Dillard was an All-American and set a record for career touchdown receptions at Rice. He is a fantastic route runner, but he’s been unable to stay healthy. He played just seven games as a rookie in 2009, and missed the 2010 season.
If he is going to stick in the NFL, it may as well be in Detroit, where they lack a solidified fifth receiver. The team recently re-signed Maurice Stovall, but he’s been a disappointment in the NFL as well. This is a very minor signing that may well result in Dillard simply being cut in or after training camp, but it really caught my eye as an interesting move that went by the wayside.