Kenny Golladay is an up and coming Detroit Lions and NFL star. He played college football at Northern Illinois, and was drafted by the Lions in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
A graduate of Chicago’s St. Rita High School, Golladay began his collegiate career at North Dakota in 2012. As a freshman, Golladay had 30 catches for 429 yards and a touchdown. In his sophomore season in 2013, Golladay had a breakout year with a team-high 69 catches for 884 yards and eight touchdowns.
After two seasons at North Dakota, Golladay transferred to Northern Illinois. He was required to sit out one season due to NCAA transfer rules. As a junior, Golladay had 73 catches for 1,129 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015.
In his final collegiate season, Golladay had 87 catches for 1,156 yards and eight touchdowns.
He was one of 58 collegiate wide receivers to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Golladay finished 20th among all wide receivers in the 40-yard dash and 26th in the three-cone drill. He attended private workouts and visits with the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New Orleans Saints. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Golladay was projected to be a fourth or fifth round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. he was ranked the 21st best wide receiver in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com.
The Detroit Lions used their third round pick on the receiver. His first deal was a four-year, $3.19 million contract.
He made his professional regular season debut in the Detroit Lions’ season-opener against the Arizona Cardinals and made four receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions’ 35–23 victory.
Golladay finished the 2017 season with 28 receptions for 477 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions in 11 games and five starts. He has followed that up powerfully this season.
Golladay is coming off a seven-catch, career-high 146-yard game in Sunday’s 14-13 loss to the Buffalo Bills. He told media that he has eclipsed every individual goal he had coming into the season, in part because of the thinned-out cast around him.
With two games left, Golladay is on pace to finish with the most receiving yards by a Lion since Calvin Johnson had 1,214 yards in his final season of 2015.
Through his first 25 career games he has totaled 92 receptions for 1,482 yards and 8 touchdowns. The only other players in Lions history to top 90+ receptions and 1,480 yards. in their first 25 games are Calvin Johnson (2007-2008) and Cloyce Box (1950-1953).
Mark my words: he will become one of the top receivers in the National Football League.