The Lions' first pick of the 2024 Midseason Mock Draft, at 29th overall, is J.J. McCarthy, quarterback from Michigan. McCarthy's passing skills and leadership ability make him a strong contender for the Lions' quarterback position.
Detroit has Jared Goff, and he is performing exceptionally well. That allows McCarthy a season or two to develop and mature at the NFL level under intense scrutiny and pressure. Additionally, the Lions will have a fantastic offensive line when he steps into the starting role, along with an impressive arsenal of weapons. Much like the last few draft classes, this is an all-around win for general manager Brad Holmes.
McCarthy is a force to be reckoned with. His performances have led the Wolverines to a Big Ten Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoffs. McCarthy's precision, poise under pressure, and ability to change the game's dynamics have earned him a special place in the hearts of many fans.
J.J. McCarthy's scouting report highlights his strengths, including a whip-like arm that can fit throws into tight coverage, a crisp release, and the athleticism to bend and accelerate out of would-be sacks. He possesses good aerial accuracy and can layer velocity and touch on throws to hit receivers in stride. He also can look off safeties and work high-to-low on progressions. Additionally, he has good competitive toughness as a runner and is willing to finish forward.
With McCarthy leading the offense and superstar pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson holding down the defense, the Lions will have a duo of Wolverines to chase that elusive Super Bowl.
It was an exciting first round that broke well for the NFC North teams. Stay tuned for Day 2 of the mock draft, when the Bears turn their No. 3 overall pick into five much-needed players in Rounds 2 and 3.