The Detroit Lions Draft Kenny Golladay In The Third Round Of The 2017 Draft

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The Detroit Lions Draft Kenny Golladay At Pick 96 In The 2017 NFL Draft.

Before transferring to NIU, Golladay played for North Dakota where he got 99 passes for 1,313 yards and nine touchdowns in two seasons. He set a school record with 16 catches against Northern Arizona. While playing at NIU, he set many records and was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl All-Star game, but couldn’t as he was recovering from an elbow injury. At NIU, Golladay finished with 160 catches for 2,285 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Golladay’s Collegiate Accomplishments:

  • 2014 Honorable Mention All-Big Sky
  • 2015 Second Team All-MAC selection
  • 2015 Biletnikoff Award Watch List
  • 2016 First team All-MAC

Check out his draft profile here.

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Why Did The Lions Draft Kenny Golladay?

Detroit needs a number three wide receiver with Anquan Boldin still not having a final decision on where he will play next. Detroit couldn’t wait for his answer on if he will be back with them, as he did announce he would play in the NFL and took Golladay late in the third round.

Golladay is a big wide receiver at 6’4 and he can play the same role as Anquan Boldin did last season. If he can continue to improve and do well, he could take over the number two and possible number one role if Detroit moves on from Marvin Jones and Golden Tate in the future. Golladay shouldn’t have much competition to be the number three wide receiver as behind him is TJ Jones, KeShawn Martin, and Jared Abbrederis.

If you are unsure about the pick still and want some more background information on Golladay, check out his film here.

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