Detroit Lions: Darrius Heyward-Bey Is a Perfect Fit for Detroit Lions

Eric VincentCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 18: Darrius Heyward-bay #85 of the Oakland Raiders high-steps into the endzone on a forty three yard touchdown reception against the Detroit Lions at Coliseum on December 18, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Lions overhaul apparently isn't over.

Plenty of holes were in need of filling due to injuries, lack of depth, or cuts from the team. The Lions have been on the prowl to address their most glaring deficiencies.

Adding running back Reggie Bush to the backfield, defensive end Jason Jones for line depth and safety Glover Quin in the secondary shows how aggressive general manager Martin Mayhew has been in trying to upgrade this less-than-impressive roster.

Even after all their offseason activity so far, the Lions don't seem to be done. According to Dave Birkett from the Detroit Free Press, Detroit is set to host free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey on Wednesday. 

The former 2009 first-round draft pick's career with the Oakland Raiders came to a close in early March after being released. After being the No. 7 selection of his draft class, many believe Heyward-Bey was a bust in Oakland. His best year came in 2011 when he caught 64 passes for 975 yards and four touchdowns.

If the Lions are able to strike a deal, this will be a perfect opportunity to turn one team's trash into Detroit's treasure.

After enduring injuries in 2012 to receivers Ryan Broyles and Nate Burleson and then cutting headcase receiver Titus Young early this offseason, the Lions are in need a complement for superstar Calvin Johnson. Returning players like Brian Robiskie or Kris Durham would halt the progression of this offense.

Detroit's offense is already explosive, but it has the capability of being much better.

Heyward-Bey never grew comfortable being the go-to receiver for the Raiders. Playing next to Megatron erases that responsibility in Detroit. The Lions have a do-it-all playmaker in Johnson plus two quality possession receivers in Burleson and Broyles (when healthy). Heyward-Bey brings elite speed to complement the other three weapons.

And, let's be honest, what receiver wouldn't struggle playing with the quarterbacks Heyward-Bey had? Attempting to catch passes from JaMarcus Russell, Jason Campbell and Carson Palmer would be a struggle for any receiver. Franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford is better than each of the mentioned passers and could bring out Heyward-Bey's potential with his strong arm.

The biggest X-factor doesn't just come on offense for Heyward-Bey. The Lions are still without a return man on special teams. Head coach Jim Schwartz has hinted that Reggie Bush might return kicks and punts. At Bush's age and with the need of keeping him healthy, the Lions would be better off finding somebody else as their return man. Heyward-Bey ran combine best 4.3 40-yard dash at the 2009 combine. Detroit could certainly use that.

The Lions could fill a hole as soon as tomorrow if they sign Heyward-Bey. He isn't the next Jerry Rice, but his speed could be a solution to a couple problems on offense and special teams. With an inexpensive deal, the Lions could maybe, just maybe, bring ESPN analyst Bill Polian's vision of the Lions offense to life.