ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Some thoughts on the Detroit Lions’ second-round pick.
The pick: Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU
My take: It was thought the Lions might trade up or back in the first round for a player. Instead, it happened in the second round, as Detroit made the move up from No. 45 to No. 40 to take a linebacker, filling one of the many defensive needs the team has. This will give the Lions the pass-rushing linebacker they needed -- and puts him back with his former college teammate Ezekiel Ansah, the defensive end the Lions selected in the first round last season.
Van Noy is a smart player who is productive, having made 226 tackles in his career with 62 tackles for loss, 26 sacks and seven interceptions. He should be able to step in immediately in 4-3 settings along with Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy.
In return for the No. 40 pick, Detroit gave up its fourth- and seventh-round picks this year. It got back a fifth-rounder.
Two for two: The Lions appear to be loading up on engaged players so far in this draft. First-round pick Eric Ebron proposed to his girlfriend, Brittany Rountree, before the first round of the NFL draft Thursday. Now there's Van Noy, whose official bio handed out by the Lions says he is engaged to Miss Utah USA, Marissa Powell.
What’s next: The Lions pick at No. 76, the 12th pick in the third round.