6 cornerbacks Detroit Lions could target on Day 2 of 2024 NFL Draft

Recent history suggests the Lions will take a defensive back on Day 2 of the draft, and these six cornerbacks fit that idea.
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4. Cam Hart, Notre Dame

Hart's size stands out (6-foot-3, 202 pounds, and he posted good athletic testing numbers at the combine (4.5 40; 39.5-inch vertical; 10-foot-10 inch broad jump) that backed up what evaluators see on tape as a unique blend of size and athleticism.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com noted how Hart's best game last season came against Marvin Harrison, the consensus No. 1 wide receiver in this draft class. Overall last season he posted top-30 PFF grades overall (83.3) and in coverage (84.2), with a 67.1 passer rating allowed.

A big knock on Hart is a lack of ball production in college, despite the traits and skills he has. He had surgery on both shoulders during his college career as well. But overall, there's a whole lot to like here and the Lions should see a lot to like.

3. Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri

For all the hype that's been around his college teammate Ennis Rakestraw, there's something to the notion that Abrams-Draine will end up being the better NFL player.

Abrams-Draine missed just 11 tackles during his college career, which fits right into what Holmes and new defensive backs coach Deshea Townsend have conveyed will be essential for them.

Abrams-Draine played both in the slot and outside in college, and in man and zone coverage. Last season, he got the seventh-best coverage grade among qualified cornerbacks from Pro Football Focus (89.9) on the 25th-most total coverage snaps (472) playing opposite Rakestraw, who opponents avoided (28 targets his direction last season). His man coverage grade from PFF (82.1) was top-25 at the position.

Abrams-Draine started his career at Missouri as a wide receiver, before moving to cornerback and becoming a starter for his last three seasons. Over his final two seasons, he had 27 pass breakups and 98 total tackles. Opponents wanting to avoid Rakestraw went the other direction and Abrams-Draine was up to the task, earning First Team All-SEC honors last season.