Detroit Lions: Ranking Detroit Lions 2024 NFL draft picks based on their impact!

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It’s often said that the true value of an NFL draft class can’t be fully assessed until several seasons have passed, but immediate impact can certainly provide early indicators of success. For the Detroit Lions, their six selections in the 2024 NFL Draft represent a blend of potential and opportunity, with each player vying to carve out a role on the team.

Traditionally, higher draft picks are expected to make more immediate contributions, benefiting from their talent and draft status. However, there are instances where late-round gems emerge as impactful rookies, defying expectations and making significant strides in their debut seasons.

As we evaluate the Lions’ draft picks based on their potential impact in Year 1, it’s worth noting that one late-round selection stands out for its potential to make waves right out of the gate. While the spotlight often shines brightest on early-round picks, the NFL has a long history of late-round steals who exceed expectations and become key contributors to their teams.

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In the case of the Lions’ 2024 draft class, this late-round standout possesses the talent, work ethic, and opportunity to defy the odds and make an immediate impact on the field. As training camp approaches and the regular season looms, all eyes will be on this rookie as they seek to prove themselves and solidify their place in the Lions’ lineup.

 

Ranking Detroit Lions 2024 NFL draft picks

 

1. CB Terrion Arnold

The Lions are yet to determine who will start opposite Carlton Davis, and I believe Arnold is the frontrunner for that position. Additionally, there’s a possibility that Arnold could play in the slot if the Lions decide to transition Brian Branch to safety. This gives Arnold multiple opportunities to start in his rookie year.

 

2. CB Ennis Rakestraw

Similar to Arnold, Rakestraw possesses flexibility to play both inside and outside positions, making him a potential starter in either role. His opportunity to see playing time could increase if the Lions decide to shift Branch away from the slot position. In such a situation, Rakestraw would likely operate in the middle while Arnold takes on an outside role. However, if the competition for the boundary position narrows down to Rakestraw and Arnold, Arnold would have the advantage.

 

3. G Christian Mahogany

Mahogany, selected in the sixth round, offers tremendous value and is expected to be ready to contribute sooner rather than later. He may even be ready to contribute sooner than fellow offensive lineman Giovanni Manu, drafted in the fourth round. Although Detroit currently doesn’t have any starting spots available on the offensive line, Mahogany could still see playing time if there are injuries to either guard position or if Frank Ragnow gets injured and Graham Glasgow shifts to center.

 

4. S/RB Sione Vaki

Although Vaki may not see significant playing time on offense or defense, depending on the Lions’ decision regarding his position (running back or safety), he is likely to contribute on both sides of special teams. Additionally, there is a possibility that he may even earn a role as a returner.

 

5. DL Mekhi Wingo

The Lions boast two excellent starters and possess solid depth options on the defensive side. While Wingo represents great value as a sixth-round pick, his opportunities for snaps on defense are expected to be extremely limited, if he receives any at all.

 

6. OL Giovanni Manu

Manu was initially touted as an offensive tackle, but he disclosed that the Lions intend to utilize him at guard initially. While there’s a possibility he may eventually transition to tackle, this shift in position will require time and adjustment. As a result, it’s unlikely that we’ll see him lining up on the offensive line at all during the 2024 season.