3 Detroit Lions who could lose their job to a rookie this year

These three Detroit Lions players could be pushed by a rookie, maybe even right out of a job when it's all said and done.
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The hallmark of Brad Holmes' tenure as Detroit Lions general manager, and the driving force for the team's rise, is the draft. Cornerstone pieces were added in each of his first three drafts (2021-2023), and the 2024 draft class hopefully brought in some more (Terrion Arnold, Ennis Rakestraw, etc.).

Arnold is a projected starter at cornerback, while Rakestraw is in line for a significant immediate role at a cornerback spot too. Offensive lineman Giovanni Manu is a project, running back Sione Vaki is a versatile piece, defensive lineman Mekhi Wingo could push for an immediate role and guard Christian Mahogany could be a future starter.

But another influx of young talent creates competition, and incumbent players could lose their role or even their roster spot.

Let's take a look at three Lions' veterans who could lose their job to a rookie this year.

Note: Since Jakes Bates had some preseason run with the Houston Texans in 2023, kicker Michael Badgley doesn't qualify for this list.

3 Detroit Lions who could lose their job to a rookie this year

3. LS Scott Daly

Yes, I know-"Who cares about the long snapper?" The answer is no one, until a bad snap comes and it's a game-changing mistake. Daly has been the Lions' primary long snapper for the last three seasons since beating out Don Muhlbach in 2021. A knee injury ended his 2023 campaign early, leading to his camp competition last year (Jake McQuaide) finishing out the season.

Daly looks sure to be the Lions' long snapper again this year. But they did bring in Hogan Hatten as an undrafted rookie, and as limited a look as reporters get at the kicking game during OTAs there were indications Daly had some struggles while Hatten was sharper.

If the difference between the two's performance continues to show during camp/preseason games, Hatten can't be ruled out as the winner of a genuine competition.