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Selection Comment - Pick #29

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Josh Simmons

Ohio State


Another year, another Level Up for the Brad Holmes/Dan Campbell Detroit Lions. After rising to last-team-out status in the 2022 playoff chase, the Lions met rising expectations last year by winning their division and not just one but two playoff games. In fact, only a blizzard of mistakes kept them from rolling San Francisco and making their first ever Super Bowl. They have now risen to Top-5 betting status for the 2025 Super Bowl and have five of the top 25 young players in the league, according to PFF. Oh and they fixed their biggest roster hole by drafting stud Cornerbacks in the first two rounds this year.

So there aren't any glaring areas of need at the moment, creating Best Player Available freedom to move up, down or sit tight as the board dictates. Analysts like myself keep asking for a big-time edge rusher to go with Aiden Hutchinson, but the team has instead built up a handful of rotational options with promise, like Marcus Davenport, James Houston and Josh Paschal. Maybe that's next year's focus, or maybe not. If they move on from LT Taylor Decker when his contract expires this year, a Right Tackle could make sense with Penei Sewell sliding over to the Blind Side. It's as good a guess as any at this point.

--Jud Branam, Lions Analyst

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