After the Lions drafted North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron with the No. 10 pick, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com passes along some numbers to help put it all in perspective. Ebron is now just the third tight end to go in the top 20 picks in the last ten drafts. The other two? Vernon Davis and fellow Lions pick Brandon Pettigrew. There’s also a number the Lions desperately would like to forget: 10. That’s the number of times they’ve picked in the top 10 since 2000. More from Detroit..
- If Sammy Watkins had fallen to No. 5, the Lions feel they would have been able to trade for him, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Instead, the Bills beat them to the punch by moving to No. 4 and taking the Clemson star.
- The Lions were busy last night and tried to trade both up and down, General Manager Martin Mayhew told reporters (video link via the Detroit Free Press). Detroit didn’t wind up moving, however. The team stayed an No. 10 and grabbed Ebron, whom Mayhew says he expects immediate results from.
- The Lions got themselves a nice weapon in Ebron, but Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press wonders why they didn’t look at guys who could help bolster the defense or offensive line. Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan and Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller were both on the table when Detroit picked at No. 10.