Detroit Lions select Kentucky defensive end Josh Paschal in second round of NFL draft

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A day after adding one of the draft’s premier pass rushers, the Detroit Lions got more help for their defensive line Friday.

The Lions took Kentucky defensive end Josh Paschal with the 14th pick of the second round, No. 46 overall.

Paschal joins No. 2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson on a Lions defense that allowed the second most points in the NFL last season and ranked 27th in sack rate.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers started Round 2 on Friday by taking Houston defensive lineman Logan Hall, and the Green Bay Packers, using the Lions’ original second-round pick after a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, followed with North Dakota State receiver Christian Watson at No. 34.

The Lions traded the 32nd, 34th and 66th choices in the draft to the Vikings to move up to No. 12 and take wide receiver Jameson Williams on Thursday. The Lions also received the second-round pick they used on Paschal in the deal.

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Lions general manager Brad Holmes said Thursday he was "ecstatic" with his first-round haul. Hutchinson should be a Day 1 starter at defensive end, where he immediately bolsters a pass rush that struggled to generate consistent pressure last year. Williams is rehabbing from a torn ACL, but was considered one of the top vertical threats in the draft.

The Lions took Paschal, a three-time captain at Kentucky who missed most of the 2018 season while undergoing treatment for cancer, while players like Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean, Liberty quarterback Malik Willis and Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker were still on the board.

Dean, one of the top linebackers in the draft, suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights this spring, NFL Network reported, which dropped him down draft boards.

Paschal had a career-high five sacks for the Wildcats last season and should compete for early playing time on the Lions' defensive front this fall.

Along with Hutchinson and Paschal, the Lions return sack leader Charles Harris and expect to get Romeo Okwara back from a torn ACL sometime in training camp.

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions select Kentucky DE Josh Paschal in NFL draft 2nd round