Dec 28, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs after a catch during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina defeated Cincinnati 39-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

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Analysis: Detroit Lions drafting TE Eric Ebron wouldn’t be a big surprise
Justin Rogers –

When the Detroit Lions re-signed Brandon Pettigrew this offseason, it appeared to eliminate the possibility of the team using a high-round draft pick on a tight end. But it was reported last week that North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron believes the Lions will take him in the first round.

While it may seem far-fetched at first glance, given Detroit’s other needs, remember the Lions have shown a willingness to draft a player at a perceived position of strength in the recent past.

NFC North: 2014 Draft primer
Tim Twentyman –

With less than two weeks remaining before the NFL Draft gets under way, let’s update where the rosters stand with the four teams in the NFC North and some potential needs that might be addressed.

Tawas City’s Jeff Janis: Small-town star with big-time NFL dreams
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Around 7 a.m. on his first morning in Indianapolis for the NFL combine, former Saginaw Valley State wide receiver Jeff Janis went to eat breakfast with his peers.

Janis saw one seat left at a table full of players, and as he sat down, he noticed the name Manziel printed on the back of one sweatshirt.

“I was like, holy smokes,” Janis said recently in Saginaw. “I went from never seeing the kid except for on TV, and then he’s sitting like a foot away from me.”

Will one of these kickers be drafted by the Detroit Lions?
Jeremy Mackinder — cover32

The Detroit Lions need a kicker. The performance of veteran David Akers was not inspiring last year and the Lions have no proven player on their roster to take the position. Though kickers and punters are rarely drafted, with a few notable exceptions, the Lions did use their 5th round pick last year on punter Sam Martin which worked out great for general manager Martin Mayhew. There is a possibility that the Lions could use a later round pick this year on a kicker as well.

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