5 biggest losers for the Detroit Lions after the 2024 NFL Draft

Coming out of the draft, these five Lions players go down as the biggest losers.
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The 2024 NFL Draft brought six new players to the Detroit Lions. Some of those incoming rookies will play right away (Terrion Arnold, Ennis Rakestraw, Sione Vaki?) and others will be immediate depth with potential future prospects to be more than that (Christian Mahogany, Giovanni Manu).

Within that is the looming battle for roles and roster spots, and some incumbent players are a little more on the roster bubble then they were going into the draft.

Coming out of the 2024 draft, these five Lions players can be marked as the biggest losers.

5. OG Kayode Awosika

The additions of Mahogany, a guard by trade, and Manu, who is apparently making a move to guard, is bad news for Awosika and 2023 fifth-round pick Colby Sorsdal. Sorsdal struggled in his three regular starts, with PFF pass blocking grades below 37.5 in two of those three games, and over five total appearances he allowed 14 pressures in 132 pass blocking snaps. But in a broad sense, he's still got developmental upside the Lions won't give up on one year in.

So we move to Awosika. He started four games last season, including the NFC Championship Game, at left guard in place of Jonah Jackson. In the previous playoff game against Tampa Bay, after Jackson left injured, Awosika allowed seven pressures on 28 pass blocking snaps (according to Next Gen Stats). According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed five pressures on 24 "true pass sets" in the NFC Championship Game.

Awosika, quite simply, is what he is; a barely roster-worthy NFL guard who can't add utility by playing center. Now he has extra competition for what may only be one spot on the Lions' roster.