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Lions get fifth-round pick in George Johnson trade

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The Detroit Lions turned a seventh-round pick into a fifth-rounder by trading George Johnson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The Detroit Lions have officially announced the George Johnson trade. As reported earlier, he has been sent to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Lions and Bucs have swapped draft picks. Via Tim Twentyman, here are the full details on the trade:

Lions get:

Fifth-round pick (No. 168 overall)

Buccaneers get:

DE George Johnson
Seventh-round pick (No. 231 overall)

Basically, the Lions turned the seventh-round pick they got in the Haloti Ngata trade into a fifth-rounder by trading Johnson to the Buccaneers. That's a pretty good deal considering it looked like they were going to lose Johnson for nothing before they disputed his offer sheet earlier this week. Now, following this trade, the Lions have the following six picks:

  • Round 1 - Pick No. 23 (23)
  • Round 2 - Pick No. 22 (54)
  • Round 3 - Pick No. 24 (88)
  • Round 5 - Pick No. 32 (168) *from New England via Tampa Bay*
  • Round 6 - Pick No. 24 (200)
  • Round 7 - Pick No. 23 (240)

Prior to this trade, the Lions were scheduled to wait 112 picks after making their third-round selection. Now, with the fifth-rounder, the Lions will only have to wait 80 picks before going back on the clock. That's still a long wait, but it's certainly better than going two full rounds without a single pick.