The Detroit Lions made a somewhat surprising move in round one by taking tight end Eric Ebron out of North Carolina. It was not really a need, and then they proceeded to see nine defensive backs go in round one, meaning that finding a good one in round two was going to be much trickier. Then, the Lions made some more noise in round two by trading up from the 45th pick to the 40th. With that pick, the Lions selected BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
So now, the Lions pass rush will rely on two BYU Cougars in Van Noy and Ziggy Ansah. Now, I don't know if the Lions really needed to trade up to make this happen, and they could still use a cornerback, and there won't be any in the third round worth taking and making a regular contributor right away. However, as the 40th pick, I quite like Van Noy.
While the Lions drafted Ansah on potential, Van Noy is a much more proven commodity, and is a big time playmaker. He got a lot of hurries and pressures and sacks and all that good stuff while playing outside linebacker. He profiles to be in the Von Miller mode of player. I mean, he won't be as good as Miller, but also hopefully he doesn't get into any off the field issues.
Detroit needs help with pass rushing on defense, and Van Noy will do that. A trio of linebackers in Van Noy, DeAndre Levy, and Stephen Tulloch is intriguing. I also expect Van Noy to play some defensive end, and his presence could allow the Lions to run some 3-4 on occasion. The Lions still have questions in the secondary, but Van Noy should mean less pressure for that secondary hopefully. I definitely like this better than the Ebron pick.