Detroit Lions reportedly interested in trading up to draft Mike Evans

Monday May 5th, 2014

Formerly Johnny Manziel's favorite target at Texas A&M, Mike Evans has the physical tools to be an elite receiver in the NFL. (David Eulitt/SI) Formerly Johnny Manziel's favorite target at Texas A&M, Mike Evans has the physical tools to be an NFL standout. (David Eulitt/SI)

The Detroit Lions don't need another top-shelf wide receiver, but that doesn't mean they aren't interested in drafting one.

For weeks we've heard rumors suggesting the Lions were checking out some of the vaunted wide receiver prospects in the 2014 NFL draft, and they've often been linked as a potential suitor for Sammy Watkins. But they reportedly have their eyes on another top receiver at the moment, as ESPN's John Clayton believes the Lions are interested in drafting Mike Evans.

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The Texas A&M product is viewed as one of the best available wideouts -- if not the class of the group -- and will almost certainly be off the board come the Lions' pick at 10th overall, so the key unknowns are who Detroit would trade with to move up and what the cost would be.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been rumored to be interested in moving back, but they sit at the seventh pick, just behind the Falcons. Atlanta is also rumored to be interested in drafting a wide receiver, which puts the Lions in a bit of a bind.

It's possible the Lions could call the Raiders, who pick fifth, but Oakland has shown little interest in trading down and would likely require a hefty return package to do so.

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