Detroit Lions: Marissa Powell

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Through two days of the NFL draft, the Detroit Lions' three draft picks have little in common.

None played in the same time zone as another. None even played in the same conference, as Detroit picked players from the ACC, SEC and independents.

One thing they do have in common -- and it is something that is actually surprising when dealing with athletes in their early 20s -- all three of their picks are either engaged or married. First round pick Eric Ebron proposed to his girlfriend, Brittany Rountree, on Thursday -- she said yes. Second round pick Kyle Van Noy is engaged to a former Miss Utah, Marissa Powell. And third round pick Travis Swanson beat the rest of his class to the altar, marrying the former Emily Holder on March 22.

It is a strange coincidence to have, but maybe there is something to it. After all, listen to how Swanson described his wife when asked if marriage has helped him with football.

"I think the biggest thing that it helped me with is that she is essentially my rock," Swanson said. "If something stressful is happening during the day, I know I can come home to her.

"She knows how to calm me down a bit and tell me everything is OK."

Swanson said the teams who asked him about it all viewed his relationship status as engaged and then married as "positive."

Of course, the draft class isn't the only group with pending wedding plans, as quarterback Matthew Stafford proposed to his longtime girlfriend, former Georgia cheerleader Kelly Hall, earlier this year.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Some thoughts on the Detroit Lions’ second-round pick.

The pick: Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU

My take: It was thought the Lions might trade up or back in the first round for a player. Instead, it happened in the second round, as Detroit made the move up from No. 45 to No. 40 to take a linebacker, filling one of the many defensive needs the team has. This will give the Lions the pass-rushing linebacker they needed -- and puts him back with his former college teammate Ezekiel Ansah, the defensive end the Lions selected in the first round last season.

Van Noy is a smart player who is productive, having made 226 tackles in his career with 62 tackles for loss, 26 sacks and seven interceptions. He should be able to step in immediately in 4-3 settings along with Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy.

In return for the No. 40 pick, Detroit gave up its fourth- and seventh-round picks this year. It got back a fifth-rounder.

Two for two: The Lions appear to be loading up on engaged players so far in this draft. First-round pick Eric Ebron proposed to his girlfriend, Brittany Rountree, before the first round of the NFL draft Thursday. Now there's Van Noy, whose official bio handed out by the Lions says he is engaged to Miss Utah USA, Marissa Powell.

What’s next: The Lions pick at No. 76, the 12th pick in the third round.

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