After a trade with the Seattle Seahawks to move up in the second round, the Detroit Lions selected linebacker Kyle Van Noy with the 40th pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
The Lions official Twitter account reported the selection after the announcement:
Detroit traded away multiple picks to move up for the BYU linebacker, per La Canfora:
Seahawks also traded a 5th to Detroit in exchange for picks 45, 111 and 227— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 9, 2014
The deal makes sense for both sides, with the Lions filling a need in the front seven for the upcoming season and the Seahawks once again stockpiling picks.
In Van Noy, the Lions get a gritty linebacker who can cover the field at will. They lose a few picks to get the BYU player, but clearly felt a need to move up for him after an impressive college career.
Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press shared his thoughts on the former BYU linebacker:
Kyle Van Noy was a joy to watch in college. One of the few guys who I'd say I would be shocked to see fail in the NFL.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) May 9, 2014
The move also reunites Van Noy with former teammate Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, who the Lions selected in last year's draft. With the tandem in the front seven for the next several years, the two young players have a chance to grow even more at the NFL level.
Both players share another common bond, per ESPN Stats & Info:
Kyle Van Noy and Ziggy Ansah are the only 2 BYU players drafted since 2010. Both were taken by the Lions. #DETpick— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 9, 2014
Apparently Van Noy's talent was discovered by the Lions while recruiting Ansah during the 2012 season. Detroit made the trip out to watch Ansah, and discovered another gem that could help their team.
Is this a good pick for Detroit?
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew discussed the process, per the Associated Press:
"It was really kind of, 'Who is this guy?'" Mayhew said. "He and Ziggy are great friends, too. They were roommates on the road. ... There were a couple teams that we thought were hot spots for him."
As for the Seahawks, they already moved back with the Minnesota Vikings and continue to get more picks. Seattle has proven over the years that it knows how to build a team through the draft, which is evidence by their current roster headlined by Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas III and Richard Sherman.
It should be interesting to see how the rest of the draft works out for Pete Carroll and the defending Super Bowl champs. With a wealth of picks and even more talent on the team, the Seahawks are once again in a prime position to get exactly the players they want.
Follow R. Cory Smith on Twitter.