Here are the terms of the trade, which the Lions made with the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Pick 188
- Pick 237 (Round 7, Pick 16)
- Pick 181
As for the pick, Rodriguez is a bit undersized at 5-foot-11, 232 pounds, but was a tackling machine in 2021 racking up 130 tackles, including 16.5 for loss. He was named first team All-American and was a two-time captain for the Cowboys.
With plenty of experience on special teams, Rodriguez will likely immediately compete for a roster spot, but he’ll have to develop—and possibly bulk up a little—to get into the mix for a starting job at linebacker.
Note: With the Lions’ original pick, the Eagles selected Kansas linebacker Kyron Johnson.
Lions picks thus far
- Round 1, Pick 2 — EDGE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
- Round 1, Pick 12 — WR Jameson Williams, Alabama
- Round 2, Pick 46 overall — EDGE Josh Paschal, Kentucky
- Round 3, Pick 97 overall — S Kerby Joseph, Illinois
- Round 5, Pick 177 overall — TE James Mitchell, Virginia Tech
Lions remaining picks
- Round 6, Pick 39 (217th overall)
- Round 7, Pick 16 (237th overall)
Top remaining needs for Lions:
Safety Edge defender Wide receiver Tight end
- Defensive tackle