What You Need to Know:
- Cephus checked in 5th among Lions in targets as a 5th-round rookie.
- 28.6% of those came in the season opener, with Kenny Golladay sidelined.
- After drawing 10 targets in that game, Cephus topped 3 in a game just 1 more time and never exceeded 4. He caught 3 passes in each of the first 2 games and then never exceeded 2 receptions in another contest.
- Cephus ran just a 4.73-second 40 at the 2020 Scouting Combine, 2nd percentile among WRs.
- He was a downfield producer at Wisconsin, averaging 16.1 yards per catch career, with 89 catches and 13 TDs over his final 2 seasons.
- His 14.9 average depth of target as a rookie, according to Pro Football Focus, found him in a similar role.
- Cephus spent 82.3% of his snaps outside, vs. just 17.3% in the slot. The new Detroit staff then added Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman in free agency. Neither signed for huge money, though.
- The Lions drafted Amon-Ra St. Brown in Round 4. His most obvious fit is the slot, but HC Dan Campbell has said he believes St. Brown could play outside as well.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:
The WR competition in Detroit is wide open. With a strong summer, Cephus could push either Tyrell Williams or Breshad Perriman aside. His relative slowness and the Lions’ moves to sign the veterans don’t point to excitement over the 2nd-year player, though. We’ll see whether he competes with Amon-Ra St. Brown in the slot, but that hasn’t been Cephus’ game to date.