The Lions picked Bill Bentley (Louisiana-Lafayette) in the third round and Chris Greenwood (Albion) in the fifth round.
The team was hoping they’d be able to get Green in the middle to latter rounds of the draft after scouting him heavily and bringing him in as one of their 30 allotted pre-draft visits.
"My visit was great,” Green said. “I knew coach (Marcus) Robertson, I saw him at my pro day. He already had high expectations of me. He knows what kind of player I can become. I came in there met the coach and felt real good about the opportunity and I actually feel real good about the team."
Green should feel good about the open vacancy the Lions have at one of the starting cornerback spots opposite
“He jumped through a lot of hoops for us,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of the pre-draft process with Green.
“We liked his combination of size and speed and aggressiveness. He’s an aggressive tackler.”
The Lions acquired the pick from San Francisco in an exchange of fourth-round slots. Detroit didn’t start the draft with a six-round selection because the NFL took it away due to a tampering charge involving Kansas City.
Green (6-0, 191) is a physical corner, who recorded 64 tackles and defended 14 passes (one interception) in 12 games last season for New Mexico State.