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Former Detroit Lions receiver and Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson Jr. threw out the first pitch before the Detroit Tigers played Cleveland at Comerica Park, Sunday, August 15, 2021.Tigers Clev3
Former Detroit Lions receiver and Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson Jr. threw out the first pitch before the Detroit Tigers played Cleveland at Comerica Park, Sunday, August 15, 2021.Tigers Clev3 /
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Jul 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Akil Baddoo (60) runs to second base in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers Running Back – Akil Baddoo

While we know that Baddoo can throw a touchdown pass, I feel like he’d be better off taking the ball from the backfield, finding a lane, and scoring six via his 28.9 feet per second on the ground. At  6’1″ and 210 pounds, a back of his size and speed would be deadly at the NFL level. The only downside would be the Tigers outfielder can’t lose his football helmet as he heads towards the end zone.

Wide Receivers – Derek Hill and Victor Reyes

Hill’s sub 6.4 60-yard dash is one of the best in the big leagues, and as a burner Hill could be that slot receiver teams love, and should probably be suiting up for the Lions right now if we’re being honest. The team could use him. Tigers fans are used to Hill’s dazzling catches in centerfield, so his hands shouldn’t be a problem in pro football either.

Reyes stands 6’5″ and weighs 194 pounds. He’s that outside threat who can run and I can just see him catching end zone fades from Jared Goff all day long. The Tigers outfielder also has a pretty good arm, so he could pull off one of those “wide receiver throws the touchdown pass” plays teams love to do.

Matt Manning was also an option here, as the former basketball standout stands at 6’6″, but Reyes wins out for his speed.

Tight End – Michael Fulmer

The prototypical NFL tight end size is about 6’3″, 240 lbs. Fulmer checks in at about that. The former Arkansas Razorback probably doesn’t have the speed necessary to compete for passes across the middle of the field, but he can block for now while the aforementioned skill players handle the bulk of the receiving duties.

I almost put Alex Faedo here. Faedo’s Florida Gator roots have to mean he knows how to play football just by proxy, but he’s yet to play a down, so to speak, for the Tigers, so he didn’t qualify.

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