FOX 2 - ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions selected Kentucky defensive end Josh Paschal in the second round Friday night, taking a second pass-rushing talent and cancer survivor early in the NFL draft.
Detroit took Paschal at No. 46 overall, using the pick it acquired from Minnesota after moving up in the first round to take Alabama receiver Jameson Williams.
At pick 97 overall, the Lions added Illinois safety Kerby Joseph. The pick was a compensatory selection and 33rd of the third round.
The 6-foot-3, 268-pound Paschal will get a chance to play right away for second-year coach Dan Campbell, bolstering a position group that needed an influx of talent.
He will also be a source of inspiration as a cancer survivor, undergoing three surgeries along with monthly immunotherapy in 2018 to treat malignant melanoma in his right foot.
Joseph, 6-1, 200 pounds, had a breakout season as a senior, with 41 tackles, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
CHAMPAIGN, IL - AUGUST 28: Illinois DB Kerby Joseph (25) during a college football game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Illinois Fighting Illini on August 28, 2021 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL (Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Ge
Paschal joins second pick overall University of Michigan edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson to bolster the defensive line.
Detroit is attempting another rebuild, hoping Holmes and coach Campbell can make all the right moves for a team that has averaged just four wins over the past four years.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.