Instead of waiting until the 45th overall pick, the Detroit Lions traded up five spots to No. 40 and selected BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy in the second round. The trade was made with the Seattle Seahawks, meaning Martin Mayhew has now made seven different trades with them since becoming Lions general manager.
Here are the details on the trade the Lions made to move up for Van Noy:
Lions receive: Second-round pick (No. 40), fifth-round pick (No. 146)
Seahawks receive: Second-round pick (No. 45), fourth-round pick (No. 111), seventh-round pick (No. 227)
Essentially, in order to move up five spots in the second round, the Lions moved from 111 to 146 and surrendered a seventh-round pick. It's important to remember that the Lions still have the 133rd and 136th picks, so they'll still be picking in the fourth round.
By taking Van Noy, the Lions have reunited him with Ziggy Ansah. They were roommates at BYU, and now they are back together in Detroit. Van Noy is a big upgrade at outside linebacker, and he will upgrade the Lions' pass rush as well.
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