Jun 10, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) during mini camp at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions sign first rounder Eric Ebron


The Detroit Lions have finished signing their draft class with the news from multiple reports that they have signed first round pick Eric Ebron.  The dynamic tight end threat brings an added dimension of size and speed to Calvin Johnson in addition to other moves they made to give quarterback Matthew Stafford more options to throw the ball.

Ebron has the size and strength to play inline, but is quick enough and athletic enough to legitimately line up as an outside wide receiver.  He may end up doing most of his damage in the slot forcing defenses to decide where they want to spend their resources; in the middle of the field to try to defend Ebron or on the outside to try to contain Johnson.

Ebron has unbelievable athletic ability and potential with the possibility of only getting bigger and stronger in the NFL, but the huge question with Ebron comes down to his hands and catching the football.  Even in workouts without a defense, Ebron has dealt with issues holding onto the ball, but he shows issues focusing on it, especially when bodies flash in front of him.  Much of this is a concentration issue, but Ebron is the type of player who will make a spectacular one-handed catch and then drop the easy one on the next play.

Ebron comes to Detroit along with newly signed Golden Tate to give the Lions some new looks and dynamics to their passing game in hopes of giving defenses fits on where to allocate defensive resources.  The former North Carolina tight end has the potential to be a star in this league but there is a boom or bust quality because of his hands.

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