Any potential receiver drafted by the Lions has to realize one simple truth – they’re not going to be the top dog in Detroit.
That title goes to all-world receiver Calvin Johnson, who set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a single season last year with 1,964.
Former USC receiver Robert Woods, who was in Allen Park Tuesday for a one of the Lions’ allotted 30 pre-draft visits, doesn’t have a problem with that. In fact, he said he’s a little used to it.
Woods caught more footballs than any receiver in USC history and more than all but two in Pac-12 history. However, it was his teammate – sophomore Marqise Lee – who won the Biletnikoff Award as college football’s best receiver last year with 112 catches for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“My sophomore year I was the runner up for the Biletnikoff, so coming into my junior year, I was like, ‘okay, I’m going to win it,’” Woods told Detroitlions.com.
“Then Marqise came out playing very well. It was a hot streak. He’s a great receiver and was making plays all over the field and he won the Biletnikoff.
“I had 111 catches dropping off to 73 so I understand. You never know what the game plan is going to be from week to week and I learned to adjust.”
Woods finished his junior season with 73 catches for 813 yards. That coming off a 111-catch, 1,292-yard, 15-touchdown sophomore season. He finished his three-year college career with 249 catches, 2,897 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Boasting some of the best hands in the class, Woods is lean (6-1, 190) and quick and fits the mold of an outside receiver at the NFL level. The same kind of outside receiver the Lions are on the lookout for.
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and Co. have been doing their homework as of late on a number of the college game’s top receivers, including Tennessee’s Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, both of whom visited Allen Park for pre-draft visits last week.
Woods should be able to quickly pick up a pro-style offense coming from USC.
“I’m a good route runner and I have good hands and I think that’s helped me throughout my career,” Woods said. “I think those will help me make a smooth transition to this level.
“I’ve caught 250 passes. All different ways: in traffic, deep, short, third down and first down. I think the experience of catching a lot of passes in a lot of situations – it won’t be anything new to me.”
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