The Detroit Lions made their first-round selection on Thursday night, taking Eric Ebron out of North Carolina. In the coming month, there will be plenty of coverage of the newest member of the Detroit Lions But in the meantime, here are five things to know about the Lions new tight end.
1. With a style similar to New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, he should fit in well with offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi’s schemes.
2. Ebron caught 62 passes last year for 973 yards and three touchdowns. He broke Vernon Davis’s records for yards and receptions as a tight end.
3. Ebron is not known as a blocker. That role will still fall to incumbent Brandon Pettigrew, who actually graded very badly compared to other tight ends around the league. Ebron gives Matthew Stafford another target, that much is true, but with the resigning of Pettigrew this offseason, this is not the most glaring hole on the Lions team.
4. Ebron’s 40 yard dash came in at 4.60, which is extremely fast for a tight end, but his hamstring was strained at the NFL combine and he didn’t run for an official time there.
5. Ebron is 21 years old, 6’4” and 245lbs. He’s another big target to go along with Calvin Johnson, but he will have to develop as a blocker during training camp or he just becomes a slower wide receiver. He unfortunately shares a tendency with other Lions pass catchers; a reputation for dropping the ball. He’ll need to change that or ask Pettigrew for advice on how to deal with upset Lions fans.
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