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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Detroit Lions former running back Barry Sanders announces tight end Eric Ebron (North Carolina) as the tenth overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions during the 2014 NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions first-round pick Eric Ebron overcame his share of obstacles
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

When tight end Eric Ebron and quarterback Marquise Williams were freshmen at North Carolina in 2011, Williams recalls Ebron telling him he would only be with the Tar Heels football team for three years.

Ebron also made proclamations about making highlight-reel catches similar to former Tar Heels first-round receiver Hakeem Nicks, breaking the ACC record for receiving yards by a tight end in a season, and the desire to be the first tight end taken when he entered the NFL draft.

Column: Detroit Lions fill needs, but ignore the secondary
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

If you hated the Eric Ebron pick — and that’s most of you — you will loathe those 17 words.

You know the ones.

“With the 76th overall pick in the NFL draft, the Detroit Lions select Travis Swanson, center, Arkansas.”

Drew Sharp: Lions trading up for LB nothing to celebrate
Drew Sharp — Detroit Free Press

This is how the Lions roll.

Every attempt at convincing everyone that they got it right in the draft is met with historical evidence that they likely failed, once again offering that tug-of-war between hope and truth.

They traded up in the second round Friday, landing Brigham Young outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy. He might be a good player. Who knows?

How NFC North shapes up after Rounds 2 and 3
Brad Biggs – Chicago Tribune

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

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