Lions pick up 5 players in Day 3 of the NFL Draft
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Oklahoma's Ronnell Lewis has no idea how the Detroit Lions plan to put him on the field.
Lewis, whom the Lions drafted in the fourth round, can be a pass-rushing defensive end or a stand-up outside linebacker.
“I feel comfortable both ways,” he said Saturday. “Wherever coach puts me is where I'll play and be happy as long as I get the opportunity.”
Detroit selected Lewis 125th overall with a pick acquired by trading the No. 117 pick to San Francisco for the 49ers' fourth-round pick and their sixth-round selection, 196th overall.
The Lions didn't start the draft with a six-round pick because the NFL took it away because of a tampering charge involving Kansas City.
Lewis may be used to add depth at defensive end behind Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch. He also could perhaps be a reserve outside linebacker behind Justin Durant and DeAndre Levy, both of whom are entering the last year of their contracts.
The 6-foot-1, 253-pound Lewis started nine games last season as a defensive end and played in 10 for the Sooners, making 13 tackles for losses, including 5.5 sacks, and finished with 60 tackles. He missed the last three games of the season because of a sprained ligament in his left knee.
The native of Dewar, Okla., skipped his senior season after making 119 tackles, including 10 sacks, in 34 games.
The Detroit Lions then made a move to select Temple linebacker Tahir Whitehead early in the fifth round of the NFL draft.
Detroit drafted Whitehead 138th overall Saturday. The Lions traded a fourth-round pick next year to Minnesota to acquire the pick.
Whitehead had 59 tackles, including five sacks, last season at Temple. The 6-foot-1, 233-pound linebacker is from Jersey City, N.J.
The Detroit Lions also selected Albion cornerback Chris Greenwood in the fifth round of the NFL draft.
Greenwood is the first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association player selected in the NFL draft since 1967, when New Orleans selected Albion linebacker Barry Siler in the eighth round.
Detroit drafted him 148th overall Saturday, sending the 158th pick later in the round and a seventh-round selection to Oakland to take the Division III standout. Greenwood, who is from Detroit, was the MIAA's defensive MVP and led Albion to a conference title last season.
The Lions say they were impressed with Greenwood's physical skills during a private workout and when he was at the University of Michigan pro day.
In the sixth round, they selected New Mexico State cornerback Jonte Green.
Detroit drafted Green 196th overall Saturday.
Green had two interceptions last season at New Mexico State. He will get a chance to compete for playing time on a team desperate for help at cornerback.
Finally, Detroit selected Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis in the seventh round of the NFL draft.
Detroit drafted him No. 223 overall Saturday.
Lewis became the first player in Oklahoma history to lead, or share the team lead, in tackles four years in a row. He had four interceptions as a freshman and finished with nine.
Detroit drafted Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff with the 23rd overall pick Thursday; Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles in the second round and Louisiana-Lafayette cornerback Dwight “Bill” Bentley in the third Friday.