The Lions have given Matthew Stafford yet another weapon, drafting tight end Eric Ebron with the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Ebron is an outstanding receiver who joins a Lions offense that already featured two other tight ends who can be threats in the passing game in Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria, plus receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, and running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. When Stafford drops back to pass, he’ll have an embarrassment of riches to choose from.
But the Lions have plenty of other holes, especially in the secondary, and tight end was not the team’s biggest need. Going with a tight end in the Top 10 is going all-in with the offense, and saving building the defense for later in the draft.
The Lions now have one of the most talented groups of skill position players in the NFL. Stafford has to have a much better season in 2014 than he had in 2013 to make use of all those weapons.