Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman declares for the draft

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Jeff Risdon
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A player who should be in serious consideration for the Detroit Lions when they pick in the 2021 NFL Draft has officially ended his collegiate career. Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman announced he will forego the remainder of the 2020 schedule to prepare for his NFL future.

Bateman is a 6-1, 205-pound outside receiver who offers a similar skill set to what Marvin Jones did when the veteran wideout joined the Lions and before the knee injuries ruined his ability to separate. Bateman is fluid as a route runner, with fast feet and excellent body control. He’s more physical than his size would portend and is very good after the catch.

Bateman will generally project between No. 25 and 40 overall. The Lions figure to have a pick near the end of that range with their second-rounder, and Bateman absolutely needs to be in the conversation for that selection.