Needing linebacker depth after some of their talented linebackers have been dealing with injuries, the New England Patriots have reportedly traded for Detroit Lions linebacker Kyle Van Noy. Van Noy should help with depth along the defense for the Patriots and could provide some assistance as a pass rusher within the scheme.

Van Noy is a talented linebacker who can fit in well as a weak-side linebacker or a strong-side linebacker in the Patriots’ scheme. He’ll provide instant depth behind Shea McClellin for the rest of the season. After 2016, Van Noy is still under contract for one more year and could be the starting weak-side linebacker for the Patriots in 2017.

Assuming the draft pick is a lower-level one, the Patriots might end up looking like thieves yet again.