Detroit Lions sign draft pick Kenny Golladay

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Northern Illinois wide receiver Kenny Golladay gives an interview to members of the press during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 3, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)
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The Detroit Lions have signed third-round draft pick Kenny Golladay to round out their 2017 draft pick signings, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

Golladay was the last Lions draft choice without a deal.

The 23-year-old wide receiver, who played his college football at Northern Illinois University, was selected by Detroit in the third round (96th pick overall) back in April.

Golladay played two seasons at Northern Illinois, putting up monster numbers both years.

In 2015, he caught 73 passes for 1,129 yards and 10 touchdowns and also scored a touchdown on the ground.

During his second and final season with the Huskies, Golladay racked up 87 receptions for 1,156 yards and eight scores. Additionally, he carried the ball 20 times for 192 yards while reaching the end zone twice.

Lions wide out Golden Tate has loved what he has seen from the rookie.

“Consistently, he’s getting better every single day,” said Tate, according to Tim Twentyman of the Lions’ official website. “His route running is getting better. His knowledge of the game is getting better. You guys have seen these practices. Every single day you’re seeing Golladay make a big play down the sideline or making a contested catch.”

Head coach Jim Caldwell is also pleased with Golladay.

“He’s catching the ball well. He’s moving well, but he’s learning. He’s young. You don’t get bump-and-run coverages and things like that at this point in the stage of the game, so there’s a lot yet to be determined,” said Caldwell. “But I do think that he’s a diligent worker, he’s serious about his craft. He tries to find every means possible to get better each and every day. So, I like his progress, where he is right now, but he’s got a long way to go. But he’s got ability.”

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