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Detroit Lions fans react to selection of Derrick Barnes

The Lions are finally trying their hand at an athletic linebacker.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 30 Senior Bowl Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Detroit Lions are finally trying their hand at an athletic linebacker, selecting Derrick Barnes out of Purdue with the 113th overall pick. The Lions traded up to make their fourth round selections back to back, swapping their fifth round pick (153) and next year’s fourth rounder with Cleveland for picks 113 and 257 (a late seventh rounder) this year. Here’s what folks thought of the pick:

After three years of being tormented by the QuinnTricia regime’s infatuation with slow players, things are changing in Detroit. Each selection thus far has been that of a very good athlete, an encouraging sign of things to come with the new front office.

That’ll be all for most of the excitement for this year’s draft, as the Lions are now left with just the third to last pick of this year’s draft at 257. The Lions have hit on their needs today, so it’ll be interesting to see what the team does with such a low pick. One thing’s for sure though—he’ll be athletic.

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