ALLEN PARK — Martin Mayhew was busy trading again on Saturday. The Detroit Lions general manager gave up a third-round pick in 2016 to move up into the fourth round and draft defensive tackle Gabe Wright from Auburn.
Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said the hope is to work Wright into the rotation at defensive tackle and eventually make him a starter.
“We really like Gabe, he’s a really hard competitor, he played a lot of football in the SEC, what you see from him is he follows in the mold of what we like our DTs to do that’s penetrate, attack, get of blocks and make plays. He’s done a really good job of that,’’ Austin said. “Good player, good kid. We’re really glad to have him.’’
Wright, who is 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, comes from the same school that produced Nick Fairley, a first-round pick in 2011.
Wright was a part of Auburn’s rotation on the defensive line since he was a true freshman. As a junior in 2013 he started 11 games for the Tigers on their road to the BCS title game and registered 35 tackles, including 8.5 for loss. As a senior he drew more focus from opponents and his numbers shrunk
The Lions had given up their fourth-round pick in this draft in the deal to acquire defensive tackle Haloti Ngata in March.
As a recap, in the first round the Lions drafted OG Laken Tomlinson; RB Ameer Abdullah in second round and cornerback Alex Carter in the third round.
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