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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Second Round, No. 61 overall: Braden Fiske, DT, Florida State

The Lions could use someone next to Alim McNeil at defensive tackle who has some juice. Fiske fits that bill, as a high motor player equally able to be disruptive as a pass rusher and rush defender.

Fiske started his college career at Western Michigan, where he progressively upped his production over four seasons. He transferred to Florida State for his final college season, and he was just as productive (six sacks, nine tackles for loss, 43 total tackles) in the step up to the ACC.

Fiske is big (6-foot-5, 300 pounds), but he gets high marks for his first step explosiveness and lateral agility. One knock, as might be expected given his height, is his high pad level that allows offensive lineman to have their way in the leverage battle. But that feels like something new defensive line coach Terrell Williams can work with him on.

Third Round, No. 73 overall: Marshawn Kneeland, EDGE, Western Michigan

Kneeland will be looking to carry his strong showing at the Senior Bowl to the NFL Combine. Over his last three seasons at Western Michigan, he had 26 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, while lining up at multiple positions. In 10 games last season, he had 57 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Kneeland has what scouts would consider an ideal length, size, power profile (6-foot-3, 268 pounds), with scheme/alignment versatility that will put him on the radar of a lot of teams. For the Lions, he'd be a nice addition on the edge opposite Aidan Hutchinson, with the ability to move inside on clear passing downs.