Crimson Tide Product Terrion Arnold Reveals Wild Draft Day Story Involving Georgia Standout

Former Alabama standout Terrion Arnold recounts a unique moment from the 2024 NFL Draft.
Terrion Arnold, a cornerback from the University of Alabama, shows off his Detroit Lions jersey with Roger Goodell
Terrion Arnold, a cornerback from the University of Alabama, shows off his Detroit Lions jersey with Roger Goodell / Eric Seals / USA TODAY NETWORK

Former Alabama standout cornerback Terrion Arnold was selected with the 24th overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft a couple of weeks ago, but on Tuesday, he revealed that may have not become a reality.

Arnold was a highly-touted draft prospect who was widely expected to be picked by a team within the first 12-20 picks or so. That was almost the case, as Arnold explained that the Las Vegas Raiders were literally 50-50 on taking him with the 13th overall pick.

“The Raiders coach, they called me after the draft, and they were like ‘We actually had a coin toss between you and (Georgia tight end) Brock Bowers and it landed on him,'” Arnold said during the May 7 episode of  “The Next Round.”

Arnold said the Raiders tried to make a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars a few picks later to get him as well, but that obviously didn't work out. Additionally, Jacksonville reportedly also had interest in Arnold, but they traded back for LSU wide receiver Brian Thomas Jr.

Nevertheless, the Crimson Tide product couldn't be happier that he landed in Detroit, as he reunites with many of his former Alabama teammates.

"It was just one of those things where you go where you're wanted. That fit (in Detroit), the way the fans are, the schemes they run, just being around guys like Jamo (Williams), Jahmyr (Gibbs) and especially Brian (Branch), it was a dream come true for me."

The Lions definitely wanted Arnold as they traded up to select him 24th overall. He got to celebrate with thousands of Lions fans watching in the crowd.

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Hunter De Siver


Hunter De Siver is a graduate from the University of Alabama, earning a degree in sports media. During his time in Tuscaloosa, Hunter distributed articles covering Alabama football, basketball, and baseball for WVUA 23 TV and discussed these topics on Tide 100.9 FM. Hunter also generated articles highlighting Crimson Tide products in the NFL and NBA for BamaCentral. Since graduation, he's been contributing a plethora of NFL and NBA stories for FanNation and is a staff writer at MizzouCentral, Cowbell Corner and is back at BamaCentral.