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Lions take BYU outside linebacker

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Kyle Van Noy got the Detroit Lions' attention during the 2012 season when they were scouting defensive end Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah at Brigham Young.

"It was really kind of, 'Who is this guy?'" Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew recalled.

The Lions found out who he was and liked what they saw.

Detroit selected Van Noy, an outside linebacker, in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night with the 40th overall pick after moving up five spots in a trade with Seattle.

Detroit dealt its second-round pick, a fourth-round selection, and one in the seventh to exchange for the slot it used to take Van Noy and a fifth-round pick.

The Lions drafted Arkansas center Travis Swanson in the third round with the 76th pick overall. Detroit added Swanson to give the team depth behind Dominic Raiola, who it drafted in 2001, and another option at guard.

The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Swanson, who is from Kingwood, Texas, was one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to college football's best center. He started 50 straight games. At the Senior Bowl, though, Swanson showed NFL teams he was comfortable playing center or guard.

Van Noy finished his college career with 226 tackles and played 13 games each of his four seasons. The 6-3, 243-pound Van Noy made 26 sacks, half coming during a junior season in which he also forced six fumbles. He could have entered the draft last year, but choses to stay in school and play for the Cougars as a senior when Ansah was a rookie defensive end in Detroit.

Earlier in the day, the Lions introduced North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, who they chose with the No. 10 pick on Thursday night, a slightly surprising selection because of its depth at the position and glaring needs elsewhere on the roster.

"They know they made the right decision," Ebron said Friday afternoon at Lions headquarters. "And in my mind, they made the right decision."

The Lions became the first team since the start of the draft in 1967 to use a first-round pick on a tight end or wide receiver in at least six drafts over a 12-year span.

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