With the 2023 season season over for all but two teams right now, days before Super Bowl LVIII, 2024 mock draft season is here in full-force (much to the chagrin of some).
The Detroit Lions are picking late in the first round for the first time in a while, and at No. 29 overall for the first time ever. If we know anything about general manager Brad Holmes, he won't be married to a certain position and the proverbial "best player available" will broadly be in play.
Still, it's fair to assume the defensive side of the ball will be a focus in the first round-cornerback and edge rusher in particular. Those spots were Achilles' heels for the team at various points all season, the latter other than Aidan Hutchinson of course, and cornerback play was an eyesore late in the season.
As Super Bowl weeks winds down, let's take a look at where some recent mock drafts have the Lions going with at pick 29.
Detroit Lions Super Bowl week mock draft roundup
Trevor Sikkema and Connor Rogers, Pro Football Focus, Eric Edholm, NFL.com and Connor Livesay of The 33rd Team
- CB Ennis Rakestraw Jr., Missouri
Rakestraw missed the Senior Bowl due to a core muscle injury he played most of his final season at Missouri with. Still, he's regarded as a potential first-round pick. Edholm noted the medical evaluation aspect here, as Rakestraw also suffered a torn ACL in 2021, while noting he's "tough-minded, a willing tackler and adept in man coverage" to make himself a nice fit for the Lions.