NFL, Alabama fans and media react as Detroit trades for former Alabama WR

The Detroit Lions made a big trade to move up to the 12th overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.

The Lions already had the 2nd overall pick, which they used to select Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson. They were expected to hold the final 1st round pick, originally obtained when they traded Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for Jared Goff. However, they would trade that selection, along with the 34th and 66th picks, to the Vikings for the 12th and 46 picks.

And that 12th pick was used to provide a weapon in Goff’s receiving corps as Detroit took on Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams. Williams was electric for the Crimson Tide in his only season at Tuscaloosa after 2 years at Ohio State, making 79 catches for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns before suffering a torn ACL in the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Georgia.

Now Williams’ next stop is Detroit, and a franchise looking for its first playoff appearance since 2016. Here’s how social media reacted:

Charles P. Patton