Perfect Lions plan for 2024 NFL Draft: Additions at cornerback, pass rusher, and special teams

The Detroit Lions' executive staff was forced to shift its focus from the Super Bowl to the offseason after the team blew a 17-point lead to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game.

It was a horrible way to conclude the season, and it will undoubtedly sting for a long time. But the Lions' accomplishments in 2023 were nothing short of spectacular. 

Detroit's draft class helped the team tie a franchise record with 12 wins and win the NFC North for the first time ever.

 In the regular season, first-round pick Jahmyr Gibbs had 1,261 scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns, Jack Campbell was second on the Lions defence in total tackles with 95.

Sam LaPorta was one of the best rookie tight ends in NFL history with 1,065 receiving yards on a record-breaking 107 catches, and Brian Branch led the team in passes defended with 13.

If the Lions pick like they did last year, they might win the Super Bowl in 2025. 

At No. 29 overall, the Lions should select the best defensive player available. For the second consecutive year, Detroit's offence was in the top five in total yards and points, but its defence ranked 19th in yards allowed per game and 23rd in points.

The secondary in particular underperformed, allowing the sixth most passing yards in 2023. 

The Lions could use a defensive playmaker at almost any position, but I'm particularly interested in pass rusher and cornerback.

Looking at mock drafts, some players who could be available in the first round include Washington pass rusher Bralen Trice, Alabama cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry.

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