The Detroit Lions' list of 2015 draft picks has undergone quite a few changes over the last couple of months. First, they traded away their fourth- and fifth-round picks to get Haloti Ngata, giving them no selections for two whole rounds. The Lions later got back into the fifth round by upgrading a seventh-rounder from the Ngata trade in a separate trade involving George Johnson, and they actually got a second fifth-rounder by moving down five spots in the first round. That pick was then traded on Friday to move up eight spots in the third round, leaving the Lions with the following six picks:
- Round 1 - Pick No. 28 (28) - OG Laken Tomlinson (Duke)
- Round 2 - Pick No. 22 (54) - RB Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska)
- Round 3 - Pick No. 16 (80) - CB Alex Carter (Stanford)
- Round 5 - Pick No. 32 (168)
- Round 6 - Pick No. 24 (200)
- Round 7 - Pick No. 23 (240)
Barring any additional trades, the Lions will have to wait a long, long time to make their first Day 3 pick. Not only are they set to sit out the entire fourth round, but they have the 32nd pick of the fifth round. Basically, with compensatory picks factored in, the Lions have two full rounds to wait out before their next selection.
On the bright side, the situation next year is looking much more promising. The Lions acquired an extra fifth-rounder in 2016 in that trade in the first round on Thursday, and they are likely going to receive multiple compensatory picks for losing the likes of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in free agency. Right now, it looks like the Lions will have at least 10 total picks next year, but again, that's assuming no additional trades are made on the final day of the draft.