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Detroit Lions met with Robert Woods

USC Trojans wide receiver Robert Woods is an ideal wideout on short and intermediate routes, and he was one of the players the New England Patriots met with during the 2013 NFL Combine. The Detroit Lions are also keen on Woods, and Lions official site lead writer Tim Twentyman is reporting that the Lions met with Woods for a pre-draft visit, and I think Woods would be a great fit for the Lions.

Although the Lions main focus needs to be on overhauling a horrendous secondary (keeping star cornerback Chris Houston would be a wise first step), drafting Robert Woods would be a nice addition for this team. Ryan Broyles is good, but his injury concerns make him an uncertainty. The loss of Titus Young also means the Lions should give Matthew Stafford another, better wide receiver, and especially a wideout who can work the short and intermediate games.

Woods has slipped a little bit too far, and he would be good value for a team in the second round. I mean, I would want the Patriots to take Woods if he was available in the late second, even if he isn’t a guy who can stretch the field- the value there is too good. Woods is a smart, instinctive wide receiver, and those are the kinds of players who get underrated in the pre-daft process because they lack measurables and thus the hype.

People who have Woods in the third round are doing themselves a disservice, and there is a reason why top teams like the Patriots and San Francisco 49ers have met with him. While I think Justin Hunter fits a bigger need for the Patriots as far as wide receiver goes (I love Hunter’s athleticism), you can’t go wrong with either guy. By the way, the Lions also hosted Hunter on a visit earlier.

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