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2015 NFL Draft results: Lions trade down in first round

The Detroit Lions have traded down in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Instead of using the 23rd overall selection of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions decided to trade down with the Denver Broncos. This move doesn't come as a huge surprise considering the Lions only had six picks going into the draft, but this aspect of the deal is somewhat surprising:

So, what exactly did the Lions get in return for trading down five spots? A couple of extra picks and a player, it turns out:

Lions receive

OL Manny Ramirez
2015 first-round pick (No. 28)
2015 fifth-round pick (No. 143)
2016 fifth-round pick

Broncos receive

2015 first-round pick (No. 23)

Yes, that's former Lions offensive lineman Manny Ramirez, who played in Detroit from 2007-10. He was drafted by the Lions in the fourth round back in 2007, and his career really took off once he got to Denver. He was a starter there for the last three seasons, and now you have to imagine he will be the Lions' starting left guard going forward.

The Broncos, by the way, took Missouri defensive end Shane Ray with the 23rd overall pick.

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