New York (Detroit Free Press) -- Ziggy Ansah was one of the best players in last year's rookie class. He led the Lions with eight sacks and started 12 games.
The Detroit Lions are hoping for similar production out of Ansah's former BYU teammate this year.
The Lions traded up to take BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy with pick No. 40 early in the second round.
They gave up their Picks No. 45, 111 (fourth round) and 227 (seventh) in the deal, and got a fifth-round choice back from the Seattle Seahawks.
Van Noy, one of the most versatile linebackers in the draft, provides the Lions the outside pass rusher they were looking for to complete new coordinator Teryl Austin's defense.
He had 26 sacks and seven interceptions in four seasons, and made a pre-draft visit to the Lions last month.
The Lions return all three of their starting linebackers from last fall, but Van Noy should compete for an immediate starting spot at strongside linebacker with Ashlee Palmer.
Middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch and weakside linebacker DeAndre Levy are coming off 100-plus-tackle seasons.
With the trade, the Lions now have five picks remaining, one in each of the third, fifth and sixth rounds, and two compensatory picks at the end of the fourth round.