The Lions have enough slot types on their roster in Burleson, Broyles and Mike Thomas, whom they acquired in a trade from the Jaguars last year.
More likely, they're looking for a player like USC's Robert Woods or Tennessee teammates Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, the other three receivers to visit Allen Park. All three have 6-foot-plus frames and the speed to challenge defenses deep, though Patterson is raw in his development, Hunter tore his ACL as a sophomore and Woods' production waned last season.
The Lions might not be able to get Hunter, Patterson or Woods at pick No. 36 early in the second round, but NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said they should be able to find help for the passing game somewhere this week.
"There's a lot of depth to this wide receiver draft," Mayock said Thursday.
Cal's Keenan Allen and Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins also are expected to go in the first two rounds, and at the Senior Bowl in January the Lions coached probable Day 2 picks Terrance Williams of Baylor and Quinton Patton of Louisiana Tech.
Mayhew joked back in January about his taste in receivers, saying, "I'll keep loving them, I got to pick them better." And Stafford said last week any addition will be a welcome one to the offense.
"I don't know if there's that perfect guy that you can say he's got this, this and this," Stafford said.
"We found a way to make it work with all sorts of guys at that spot. I trust the guys upstairs."