The Detroit Lions Draft Michael Roberts At Pick 127 In The 2017 NFL Draft.
While he was the backup tight end for his first three years, he started in 2016 and had a great season. His talents were hidden on the bench for years and once he got the chance he didn’t waste it. During his time at Toledo, Roberts finished with 70 catches for 832 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Check out his draft profile here.
Why Did The Lions Draft Michael Roberts?
There are many reasons why Detroit added Roberts to the team. Brandon Pettigrew was supposed to come back last season and he was released in the middle of the season. Detroit had to rely on Matthew Mulligan as the backup and many others, but nobody really stood out. In free agency, Detroit added veteran Darren Fells to a one-year deal, so his time in Detroit won’t be long and Detroit needs as many backups as they can get in the position with their free agency money running out until Levy is officially cut in June.
I had Roberts as a fourth round pick and Detroit got him where he fit the value. Roberts is able to make some tough catches as he has solid hands, something that fans point out Ebron for. His route running skills are impressive as well, which helps with his receiving game. He isn’t the blocker the team needed, that role is for Darren Fells, but Roberts can still learn as the third string tight end and he could get promoted to the backup spot in 2018.
If you are unsure about the pick still, check out his film here.