The Detroit Lions needed a few positions heading into the 2014 NFL Draft and the tight end position definitely wasn’t one of them. With the No. 10 overall pick, many people expected Detroit to go after someone to help upgrade the defensive backfield like Darqueze Dennard, but they decided to go with tight end Eric Ebron from the North Carolina Tar Heels.
With the tenth pick, many people were hoping for a cornerback, safety or even a wide receiver the caliber of Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans.
However, the Buffalo Bills traded up to get Watkins and many, including myself, believe that the Lions should have been the team to trade up for the talented wide out with the highest ceiling in this entire draft.
With the addition of Ebron, the Lions now have drafted a tight end in consecutive drafts and have added to the already growing list of tight ends on the roster. Another reason this pick is so questionable is because of the fact that they re-signed Brandon Pettigrew to a four-year, $16 million deal in the offseason.
When you already have your top tight end returning — although he has received a ton of criticism for his innumerable drops — why would you select one with the No. 10 overall pick with more glaring needs?
How can you say the defense isn’t the biggest need?
The cornerback position should have been filled with the top pick and yet it was passed up on for a want instead of a need.
Poor move by the Lions, but he may become one of the best tight ends in the league. Drafting by want and not by need: the Detroit Lions’ story.
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