Detroit Lions mock draft: Pre-NFL Combine, full 7-round edition

NFL Combine week is upon us, and here's a fresh 7-round 2024 mock draft for the Detroit Lions.
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The Detroit Lions are in an enviable position right now. Coming off a trip to the NFC Championship Game, with a young roster, plenty of cap space and four top-100 picks in April's draft to keep stocking the cupboard with young talent.

The pre-draft process will ramp up to a fever pitch this week, with draft prospects and the league as a whole descending on Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.

The results of free agency will help dictate where the Lions' draft needs sit in terms of priority, but overall we know Brad Holmes is not driven solely by need in the draft. And through three drafts as Lions' general manager, what he's doing is clearly working.

Using Pro Football Network's mock draft simulator, here's a new, full 7-round pre-Combine mock draft for the Lions.

Detroit Lions 7-round pre-combine mock draft

First Round, No. 29 overall: Ennis Rakestraw Jr.. CB, Missouri

Rakestraw is getting all kinds of buzz as an ideal fit for the Lions, including a comparison to a cornerback who was a three-time Pro Bowler during his time in Detroit.

Rakestraw's raw stats don't leap off the page. But last season he was limited by a core muscle injury that required surgery, and according to Pro Football Focus he was targeted just 28 times in the nine games he played. PFF has him as one of their highest-graded corners against the run, and over his last two seasons at Missouri he had 16 pass breakups and six tackles for loss among his 70 total tackles over that span.

ESPN's Matt Miller called Rakestraw his "draft crush and "an ideal Lions player" during a conference call last week.

Cornerback should be on the Lions' draft radar regardless of what's done in free agency (or via a trade). Taking Rakestraw here at No. 29 was easy.