Final Detroit Lions mock draft: Irresistible trade possibility changes the plan

NFL Draft week is here, and here is our final Detroit Lions' mock draft for 2024.
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Third Round, Pick No. 73: Brandon Coleman, OG/OT, TCU

Coleman played both spots on the left side of the offensive line over his last three seasons at TCU, and did well at both spots. But he is far more likely to be a guard in the NFL, where his power and athleticism will be able to shine the most.

At 6-foot-4 and 316 pounds, Coleman stood out at the NFL Combine.

The Lions need depth across the offensive line. Coleman's versatility, even as only an emergency option at tackle (h/t to Lance Zierlein of, adds to his appeal and he could be a future starter.

Fifth Round, Pick No. 164: Brennan Jackson, EDGE, Washington State

The Lions could stand to add an edge rusher in this draft, and fifth round may feel late to do so. But giving up the picks I did to go up and get Mitchell helped make an edge rusher the pick here.

Jackson's first two years at Washington State were truncated by injuries. But over the subsequent four years his production improved each year, culminating in 8.5 sacks, 57 total tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss last season.

Jackson is regarded as a fairly raw pass rusher, but what he does well (high motor, good play strength, etc.) is a good base to work from and his weaknesses (hand placement, a narrow array of pass rush moves, etc.) are coachable/developable. He can also play with his hand on the ground or standing up, adding to his potential appeal for the Lions.