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2016 NFL Draft results: Lions choose offensive lineman Joe Dahl in the 5th round

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The Lions have taken Joe Dahl with the 151st pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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The Detroit Lions have added offensive lineman Joe Dahl as their fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Dahl started his career at Washington State as the team's left guard, but was soon moved to left tackle after the team realized he was one of their best pass blockers. Dahl landed on the first-team all-conference team in his final year as a Cougar. Dahl missed the final four games of 2015 due to a broken foot.

The Lions's addition of Dahl comes as an interesting one. Detroit has already added two offensive linemen in Taylor Decker and Graham Glasgow. It's unclear whether Dahl will fit in as a tackle or guard, but he will certainly add more depth to the Lions' weakest unit of 2015. This selection makes the futures of players like Corey Robinson and Michael Ola very much in question.

Here's what experts have to say about Dahl:

Gil Brandt:

Dahl (6-4 1/8, 304, 5.11) is one of my favorites in this draft. I like players who transfer up (think J.J. Watt); Dahl spent his freshman year at Montana before transferring to Wazzu, where he was a three-year starter at left guard and left tackle. He could play multiple positions at the next level, including center, but I think guard is his best position.

CougCenter:

While I don't think Dahl will be a transcendent, Steve Hutchinson-type of player, I have little doubt that he will be a solid NFL starter for a decade, barring injury.

CBS Sports:

Dahl may never be a mauler in the running game, but his balance and awareness could fit nicely in a pass-happy offense like the one in New Orleans or New England.

The Lions also have pick 32 in the fifth round. Stay tuned for that selection.