Detroit Lions post-NFL Combine 7-round mock draft: Trading up to fill No. 1 need

In a new post-combine mock draft, the Detroit Lions trade up to comfortably address a big need.

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Second Round, Pick No. 61: Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington

Trice may get knocked out of the first round conversation after a slow 40 in Indianapolis (4.72 seconds), especially at a relatively light 245 pounds, as concerns about his overall athleticism appear to have been confirmed. But the game tape and the production says he'll be just fine as he goes to the next level.

Trice had 16 sacks over his last two seasons at Washington (nine in 2022, seven this year) along with 12 and 11.5 tackles for loss respectively in those seasons. In 2023, he had 70 quarterback pressures and 49 hurries (67 pressures and 44 hurries in 2022). In a vacuum, he is an Aidan Hutchinson clone who has been easy to tie to the Lions in mock drafts.

"High motor" is something that shows up on any scouting report of Trice you'll see, and he was a team captain at Washington. New defensive line coach Terrell Williams can surely help him broaden his pass rush arsenal.

Third Round, Pick No. 92: Brandon Coleman, OG, TCU

Guard is a potential big need for the Lions by the time the draft comes, and some depth should be on the radar no matter what. Coleman played left guard and left tackle over his last three seasons at TCU, playing both well, but he'll be a guard in the NFL.

Coleman is big, obviously but the athleticism that shows up on tape was confirmed at the combine.

With Jonah Jackson trending more and more toward being gone in free agency, Coleman could step in at least compete for the starting job at left guard for the Lions.

Fourth Round

The Lions sent their 2024 fourth-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings in the T.J. Hockenson trade.