7-round Lions mock draft: Choose your own scenario edition

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The 2024 NFL draft kicks off in two short days. It’s the anxious calm before the storm that will add a fresh dose of talent into the Lions locker room.

Detroit picks 29th in the first round, with two picks on the second night of the draft, followed by four on Saturday (no fourth-rounder, two sixth-rounders).

We’ve gone through a few scenarios about what the weekend could look like for the Lions. From trading up to trading back, from leading with OL to addressing CB early, it’s been an interesting draft period trying to figure out what Detroit GM Brad Holmes might do in the 2024 NFL draft. Picking so much later in the first round and not having extra draft capital in 2024 to help facilitate trades has made it an unpredictable ride.

As we get close, here are a few more quick scenarios exploring potential paths for Holmes and the Lions in the upcoming draft. Which one would you prefer the most?

The seven-round final prediction will come very early Thursday.

The Missouri special

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First round: Darius Robinson, DL, Missouri

Second round: Ennis Rakestraw, CB, Missouri

Third round: Ja’Lynn Polk, WR, Washington

Fifth round: Mason McCormick, IOL, South Dakota State

Sixth round: Kitan Oladapo, S, Oregon State

Sixth round: Jalyx Hunt, EDGE, Houston Christian

Seventh round: Ty’Ron Hopper, LB, Missouri

Building up the trenches

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First round: Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois

Second round: Christian Haynes, IOL, UConn

Third round: Javon Bullard, S, Georgia

Fifth round: Javon Solomon, EDGE, Troy

Sixth round: Christian Jones, OT, Texas

Sixth round: Willie Drew, CB, Virginia State

Seventh round: Cornelius Johnson, WR, Michigan

Building the perimeter early

Mar 20, 2024; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama defensive back Kool-Aid McKinstry does a standing long jump at the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility during the University of Alabama’s Pro Day.

First round: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Second round: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

Third round: Christian Mahogany, OL, Boston College

Fifth round: Jarrian Jones, CB, Florida State

Sixth round: Logan Lee, EDGE, Iowa

Sixth round: Will Reichard, K, Alabama

Seventh round: Travis Glover, OT, Georgia State

Selling the farm

Quinyon Mitchell, University of Toledo

Trade: Lions trade No. 29, No. 73, No. 205 and a 2025 first-round pick to the Saints for No. 14 and No. 190.

No. 14: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

Second round: Devontez Walker, WR, North Carolina

Fifth round: Isaiah Adams, IOL, Illinois

Sixth round (Saints): Trey Taylor, S, Air Force

Sixth round: Zion Tupuola-Fetui, EDGE, Washington

Seventh round: Frank Crum, OT, Wyoming

Athleting up

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All players in this draft recorded an RAS (Relative Athletic Score) over 9.0

First round: Cooper DeJean, DB, Iowa

Second round: Braden Fiske, DT, Florida State

Third round: Patrick Paul, OT, Houston

Fifth round: Luke McCaffrey, WR, Rice

Sixth round: Myles Cole, DL, Texas Tech

Sixth round: Jordan Magee, LB, Temple

Seventh round: Mark Perry, S, TCU

The ‘that guy will never be there’ edition

All of these are prospects generally expected to be off the board before the Lions make the respective picks.

First round: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

Second round: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

Third round: Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

Fifth round: Caelen Carson, CB, Wake Forest

Sixth round: Beaux Limmer, IOL, Arkansas

Sixth round: Nehemiah Pritchett, CB, Auburn

Seventh round: A.J. Barner, TE, Michigan

The ‘limo driver told me the LIons like this guy’ edition

Penn State defensive end Chop Robinson (44)

First round: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

Second round: Max Melton, CB, Rutgers

Third round: Zac Zinter, IOL, Michigan

Fifth round: Brenden Rice, WR, USC

Sixth round: Malik Mustapha, S, Wake Forest

Sixth round: Joshua Karty, K, Stanford

Seventh round: Qwan’Tezz Stiggers, CB, CFL

One last one…

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First round: Cooper DeJean, DB, Iowa

Second round: Zach Frazier, IOL, West Virginia

Third round: Devontez Walker, WR, North Carolina

Fifth round: M.J. Devonshire, CB, Pittsburgh

Sixth round: Evan Anderson, DT, FAU

Sixth round: JD Bertrand, LB, Notre Dame

Seventh round: Anim Dankwah, OT, Howard

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