NFL Draft Odds Indicate Lions Likely to Draft Cornerback with First Pick

Nov 4, 2023; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA;  Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Kool-Aid McKinstry (1)
Nov 4, 2023; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Kool-Aid McKinstry (1) / Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions are in a much-welcomed unfamiliar place heading into the NFL Draft.

Fans of the team are used to having a top 10 picks in the draft as they search for someone that will help turn around the luck of the franchise. They're no longer in that spot and now get to sit back and enjoy the draft until the late hours of the opening round when they pick at No. 29 overall.

It's tough to predict which players will be available that late in the first round, but what we can get a good idea of is which position management will look at adding with the pick.

Oddsmakers have released odds for what position the Lions will draft with their first pick. Let's take a look at which whey they think Detroit will go.

What position will Lions take in NFL Draft?

The odds listed below are via FanDuel Sportsbook:

  • Cornerback +135
  • Defensive Lineman/Edge +290
  • Offensive Lineman +290
  • Wide Receiver +420
  • Safety +4000
  • Linebacker +4400

Oddsmakers aren't confident which way the Lions are going to go with their first pick except we know they likely won't draft a safety or a linebacker with it.

Cornerback is favored at +135. If you translate those odds to implied probability, there's a 42.55% chance they draft a player at that position with their first pick. One of the possible players that may be available to them at No. 29 overall is cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry from Alabama, who would join Brian Branch as a fellow former Crimson Tide in the Lions' secondary.

Other corners who may be available when the Lions are on the clock include Cooper DeJean from Iowa and Nate Wiggins from Clemson.

Tied at second on the odds list is defensive lineman/edge rusher and offensive lineman at +290 each.

One of the most likely options for the Lions to draft if they decide to go with a defensive lineman is Darius Robinson from Missouri, who has been linked to the team in recent reports.

There is also a small chance the Lions take the best player available in that spot who could very well be a wide receiver if a few of the projected players at that position fall in the draft and are still on the board at No. 29 overall.

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Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.