May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Eric Ebron (North Carolina) stands with his mom Gina Jackson for a photo during the NFL Draft red carpet arrivals at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions’ selection of TE Eric Ebron understandable, but still debatable
John Niyo – The Detroit News

The Lions found their mismatch.

Lions fans might’ve found theirs as well.

The team’s first-round selection of North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron probably didn’t sit well with folks clamoring for a top-10 addition on the defensive side of the ball.

But for the guy calling the shots in the Lions draft room, not to mention the guy calling the shots on offense — new coordinator Joe Lombardi — this was an enticing consolation prize, with top wideouts Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans already off the board.

Column: Eric Ebron won’t be a popular NFL draft choice, but he makes sense for Detroit Lions
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

Eric Ebron will not be a popular pick. Not for the legions of Detroit Lions supporters who were clamoring for an upgrade to the defense.

But this move makes a lot of sense, given what was off the board, what was left and just how highly the Lions rated the North Carolina tight end.

NFL draft: Game film was all Detroit Lions needed to pick tight end Eric Ebron
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Eric Ebron said he held private workouts for three teams in the months leading up to the draft, the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers.

The Detroit Lions brought Ebron in for a visit and met with him at the combine, but Ebron said “they didn’t want to work me out.”

“They was like, ‘Man, we don’t have to see what you can do. We’ve seen tape and that proves everything you can do,’ ” Ebron said. “The bird in the sky never lies.”

How NFC North shapes up after first round
Brad Biggs – Chicago Tribune

Here’s a look at the first-round NFL draft picks in the NFC North.

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