Lions 2024 NFL draft report: Mason McCormick, Guard, South Dakota State

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It is finally draft season for Lions fans.

Brad Holmes and his front office have proven they are very capable of putting together great draft classes. They have had major hits on every day of the draft, but especially on Day Two. This roster isn’t in desperate need of much because of his work, but they do have some positions that need to be addressed.

This offseason, they should be focusing on getting better play out of their defensive backs, adding depth on the defensive line, and building out the wide receiver room.

These scouting reports should introduce you to some of the names that Lions fans could hear during the three days of the NFL Draft.

Background

  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 309
  • Zero star recruit according to 247 Sports
  • Team Captain since 2021
  • First team FCS All-American in 2021 and 2022

College Production

  • Played snaps in college at every interior offensive line position
  • Out of 1,605 pass-blocking snaps in his carrier, he has only given up three sacks
  • Hasn’t given up a quarterback hit since 2021

Notable PFF Stats

  • 87.6 offensive grade
  • 90.8 run-blocking grade
  • 85.4 pass-blocking grade

Traits and Skills

Anchor Ability When you see a guy at the FCS play that level of competition you want to see dominance, especially when handling pass rush. McCormick handles pass rushers and bigger interior defensive linemen well. This leads me to believe he should have no problem transitioning to the size of NFL defenders.

Moves Well When Needed The NFL is becoming more flexible on offense and that includes being able to put guys in motion and move blockers. We have seen them use Dan Skipper all over, even as a receiver, not saying McCormick will fill that exact role, but if you need to pull him and let him be a lead blocker he is your guy.

Finishes Blocks and Plays This trait right here is why I think Dan Campbell and this front office will love him. He plays like the world kicked him between the legs and each rep is a way to get back at it. He finishes blocks, hits guys, and knocks them off their plans mid-play, and that is what this offensive line can’t get enough of.

Fit within the Lions Roster

Mason McCormick had people’s attention during practices the week of the Shrine Game. He then took that momentum and carried it into an impressive showing at the scouting combine and despite all that, he remains a value. McCormick could be a pick in the third round for this team and could still be a plug-and-play guard for this team and make an impact immediately.

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