The Detroit Lions selected North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron with the No. 10 pick in the NFL draft tonight, even though they have already have Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria on the roster.
General manager Martin Mayhew insisted the Lions were prepared to pick a player at any position other than quarterback with the team's first pick, and he proved it by taking someone who may not start this season.
Mayhew was rooting for a lot of signal callers to be selected before Detroit was due to make a pick, but only one was taken off the board.
Ebron was among the 102 early entrants in the draft. He had 62 catches for 973 yards last season, breaking the ACC record for yards by tight end held by Vernon Davis at Maryland. He is regarded as an exceptional athlete, who can help teams with his size, speed and sure hands. He may need to improve as a blocker and to prove he can play at a high level consistently.