NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Detroit Lions traded up with the Seattle Seahawks and selected outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy with the 40th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft Friday night.
Van Noy recorded four sacks, two interceptions and 63 tackles in 2013 for BYU. He had 26 sacks, seven interceptions, 62 tackels for loss and 17 forced fumbles in his college career. The second-round pick is a former roommate of Detroit's 2013 first-round pick Ezekiel Ansah.
The Lions hope that Van Noy will give them the pass rusher they needed on defense heading into 2014. They also love the versatility Van Noy offers, as he can both defend the run and drop back into coverage.
The trade with the Seahawks moved the Lions up five spots from their original slot at No. 45.
Detroit selected C Travis Swanson with pick No. 76 to add depth to an offensive line that was one of the best in football last season. The third-round pick will battle veteran Dominic Raiola for the starting position at center.
Detroit chose TE Eric Ebron with pick No. 10 on Thursday.
2014 is the first season for the Lions' new coaching staff, led by Jim Caldwell.
The Lions own picks Nos. 111, 133 and 136 in the fourth round.
Detroit plays its first preseason game on August 9 against the Cleveland Browns. The regular season begins on Monday, September 8 against the New York Giants.
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