Maakaron: Lions Incorporate Key Offensive Talents in Initial Mock Draft

With the NFL Draft approaching within a month, anticipation is rising regarding the Detroit Lions.

Since assuming his role in 2021, General Manager Brad Holmes has earned acclaim for his drafting expertise. In April, he’ll have another chance to showcase his skills.

While the Lions’ primary needs are seen on defense, they could still enhance their offensive firepower. Below are potential moves the Lions might make in our latest 7-round mock draft:

Round 1, Pick 29:
Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

Despite having an All-Pro slot receiver in Amon-Ra St. Brown, uncertainties loom over the Lions’ receiving corps for 2024. With impending free agents like Josh Reynolds and Donovan Peoples-Jones, and Jameson Williams yet to play a full season, there’s a need for a big-bodied wide receiver. Coleman, formerly of Michigan State, has significantly boosted his profile with a stellar year at Florida State, demonstrating versatility that aligns well with Ben Johnson’s offensive scheme.

Round 2, Pick 61:
Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington

Trice may not possess elite physical attributes, but his relentless work ethic suggests he’ll excel at the NFL level. With impressive stats including 18 career sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss, he could be a game-changer for the Lions, particularly alongside Aidan Hutchinson.

Round 3, Pick 73:
Ruke Orhorhoro, DL, Clemson

The Lions lack dependable depth on the defensive line, necessitating the addition of a talented piece like Orhorhoro, who brings extensive experience and versatility as both a pass-rusher and run-stopper.

Round 3, Pick 92:
Blake Corum, RB, Michigan

Corum offers a robust running option and potential contributions in the passing game, making him a suitable fit for the Lions’ roster depth and culture.

Round 5, Pick 163:
James Williams, S, Miami (FL)

With uncertainty surrounding Ceedy Duce’s future, Williams presents an opportunity to invest in youthful depth, boasting tackling prowess and size that could evolve into a solid box safety.

Round 6, Pick 207:
Andrew Coker, OT, TCU

Adding depth to the offensive tackle position ahead of Taylor Decker’s contract year, Coker shows promise with his size and pass-blocking abilities, albeit needing refinement.

Round 7, Pick 247:
Jaden Crumedy, DL, Mississippi State

Similar to previous acquisitions, Crumedy offers potential as a physical defensive lineman, providing depth and development opportunities within the Lions’ defensive rotation.

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