Here's a look at each pick:
“When I talked about our top 10 and how we put it together, I said we’re going to take them the way they come off,” Mayhew said Thursday night. “That’s the way I took him.
“He was the highest graded player. He was the best player available for us. There wasn’t a whole lot of debate about other players.”
The selection garnered mixed reactions, but one NFL analyst dubbed it his favorite pick of the first round.
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LB KYLE VAN NOY: Mayhew’s trading instincts surfaced quickly on Day 2 of the draft when the Lions moved up to grab linebacker Van Noy.
His versatility is an ideal fit for defensive coordinator Teryl Austin's new defense.
“Really happy about getting Kyle into our system,” Austin said. “I think what he does is give us a big backer who can play on the ball, he can play off the ball and he can rush the passer.
“With those things you know you are going to get a three-down player for us and we are very excited.”
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C TRAVIS SWANSON: Center
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CB NEVIN LAWSON: The secondary was a concern going into the draft so it was no surprise when the Lions picked up a cornerback in the fourth round.
At 5'9, Lawson doesn't fit the recent mold for corners, but according to him, "It’s not how big you are, it’s how big you play."
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DE LARRY WEBSTER: The Lions stuck to defense with their second compensatory fourth-round pick when they drafted the athletic defensive end.
In terms of measurables, Webster came in second to Jadeveon Clowney at the NFL Combine.
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DT CARAUN REID: Reid will join the competition for the fourth defensive tackle spot. He jumped on the Lions radar after a terrific Senior Bowl performance.
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WR TJ JONES: Football runs in the family for Jones. He is the son of Andre Jones, a starting defensive end on Notre Dame's 1988 national championship team, who played six games with the Lions as a linebacker in 1992.
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OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS:
- What does the addition of
Eric Ebronmean for TE Joseph Fauria?
- Eric Ebron played basketball for a time, but football eventually found its way back into his life
- Offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn’s playing experience makes him partial to offensive linemen from Arkansas and the competition they face in the SEC.