The Lions had a hard time finding a strong complement to Calvin Johnson at wide receiver last season, which explains why they’re meeting with one of the top draft prospects at the position on Wednesday.
West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin is in Detroit to meet with the team for one of their final face-to-face meetings before the draft gets underway next week. Austin’s been a busy man of late, lining up visits with just about every team picking in the top half of the first round. Austin spoke to Tim Twentyman of the Lions’ website about why he thinks teams are so interested in his services — “Pretty much all skill positions on offense you can play, as well as returning punts and kicks. Just get me in space” — and compared himself to a new member of the Detroit offense.
“Another type of player like Reggie (Bush). Me and him would probably be twins back there,” Austin said.
Austin’s explosiveness is awfully appealing, although you have to wonder if the Lions would be willing to spend the fifth pick in the draft on a receiver who doesn’t profile as the kind of big, outside threat they have in Johnson. Good as Austin looks, the Lions have big needs in other spots that could take precedence. If they were to deal down a few spots and add a pick or two to address those needs, however, Austin would likely become a stronger candidate to give the Lions twins on offense.