Allen Park – With Sunday night’s postseason exit, the Lions learned they will select 29th overall in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft, which will take place in Detroit this April.
Barring a trade, it is the last time the Lions will make their first pick since 1977, when the team traded its first-round pick to Buffalo. Still, the Lions’ original first-round pick never came this late in the draft. They picked 26th overall the previous time they reached the NFC Championship, in the 1991 season. That turned out well as the pick was used to nab South Carolina State defensive end Robert Porcher.
Among the available and recently updated mock drafts, most have the Lions addressing their defense, particularly the secondary. CBS Sports awarded Georgia team cornerback Kamari Lassiter.
“The Lions will be without Los Angeles’ first-round pick for the first time in three years,” CBS Sports wrote. “Kamari Lassiter gives the Lions a player who could be with the organization for a decade instead of the short-term options they’ve been adding to fill a need recently.”
Last week, Mel Kiper Jr. also assigned a cornerback, Toledo’s Quinyon Mitchell, to the Lions.
“Mitchell leveled up last season, not allowing a single touchdown pass as the closest defender in coverage, despite being targeted 59 times,” Kiper wrote. “He broke up five passes in 2022, but allowed four touchdowns; he was much more consistent in 2023, although he only had one interception. I’m excited to see how Mitchell performs in Senior Bowl practices next week.”
USA Today’s “Draft Wire” made it 3 for 3, echoing Kiper’s selection of Mitchell to the Lions.
“Quinyon Mitchell isn’t a household name, but he embodies the physical, hard-working style the Lions want.”