By: Cameron La Fontaine

In the 2014 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected North Carolina TE, Eric Ebron. Ebron finished his junior and final year at North Carolina with 973 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Detroit skipped over picks of cornerbacks Darqueze Dennard and Kyle Fuller, safety Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, reciever Odell Beckham Jr., tackle Taylor Lewan, and defensive tackle Aaron Donald that had all been on the Lions potential pick radar.

Ebron absolutely comes as a suprised with mixed emotions from fans. At 6-4, 245 Ebron has strength and good hands that could help the Lions especially at the tight end postiition with a struggling Brandon Pettigrew. But, Detroit already has two tight ends that get do solid work including Joseph Fauria. Ebron is filling a role that Detroit would have liked to fill with Watkins or Evans, but Ebron is a bit of a wide reciever, tight end hybrid that could prove to be helpful for Matthew Stafford who already has recievers in Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, and Ryan Broyles.

Ebron can prove to be a good pick for Detroit, because he shows great playmaking ability, but with so many problems at defense for the Lions and players like Darqueze Dennard, Kyle Fuller, and Ha-Ha Clinton Dix still on the board, I don’t see this as the right pick. If you already have two tight ends there’s absolutely no point in drafting another tight end in the first round. Detroit botched their first overall pick as I assumed they might. Fauria has potential to be a star in this league, what will you do with three tight ends now? Detroit is an all-out passing offense so I wouldn’t expect many offensive blocking sets involving all three tight ends. It just doesn’t make sense. The next picks for the Lions will absolutely include filling the positions of outside linebacker, cornerback, and safety, positions that could have and should have been filled on Thursday night.

Pick Grade: D+

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