The Lions' agenda this offseason has been revealed as no secret.
Both sides of the football have seen it's share of changes, but the majority of moves have come on the offensive end. And the new offensive minds of this team seem satisfied with their latest addition.
The Buffalo Bills traded the kitchen sink to select Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stayed put at 7 drafting Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans. With no action of trading up by Detroit and both of these popular prospects off the board, it seemed logical to select defense.
In shocking but usual Lions' fashion however, they stayed put and landed the 6-4 250-pound Ebron.
This draft pick has Joe Lombardi written all over it. Coming from the New Orleans Saints and watching the damage done between Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham, it was clear he wanted that same fit in Detroit. Spending a top-10 pick on a tight end shows the confidence and excitement they have in Ebron.
As surprising as this pick was, nobody should be doubting the talents of the Tar Heel product. The tremendous speed and athleticism along with the red zone terror he can cause makes Ebron a potential star of this draft, especially in the Lions' offense.
Tight ends going in the top-10 of the draft mean there's something special about this prospect. Ebron was expected to be drafted that high, the puzzling part is where he was drafted.
Detroit found a breakout talent in undrafted tight end Joespeh Fauria last year and brought back veteran Brandon Pettigrew as a free agent this offseason.
If the Lions wanted to move in a different direction without Pettigrew, taking Ebron makes plenty of sense. Pettigrew is an effective blocker but drops big passes and hasn't been the red zone threat you would hope from your No. 1 tight end.
Even in hopes of having his next Jimmy Graham, Lombardi is taking a big gamble on Ebron. Graham was a third-round pick out of Miami with much smaller expectations. As your No. 10 overall selection, the pressure and expectation will be through the roof for Ebron to contribute.
So instead of going defense with their pick or trading down, they go for another tight end adding another top-tier target for quarterback Matthew Stafford.
While Watkins and Evans were off the board, a few of Detroit's top defensive targets were gone as well. The Cleveland Browns selected cornerback Justin Gilbert and the Minnesota Vikings picked up linebacker Anthony Barr.
The Lions apparently don't believe in the motto of "defense wins championships", or don't care. If they're aiming to fill seats and keep Ford Field excited, grabbing Ebron is perfect.
Detroit could've gambled on a safety like Calvin Pryor from Louisville or HaHa Clinton Dix, who could become a pain in the Lions' side as he went to the Green Bay Packers.
If they didn't want to get greedy, they could've traded down for Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, who ended up sliding all the way down to No. 24 to the Bengals. Either of these three secondary pieces could've grown into a big product of Detroit's defense.
Even though this glares as a "typical Lions" pick, all hope isn't lost. Detroit can still boost their defense and find some hidden gems now in the draft. General manager Martin Mayhew was able to strike gold last season with the help of senior personnel executive Brian Xanders. The NFL Draft doesn't come to a close after Thursday.
But there are still plenty of questions pondering about this team after drafting Ebron.
The Lions will clearly make Ebron a big focal point of the offense, but he's joining a crowded committee of talent. How many balls will be around to catch from Stafford in this offense?
Detroit already has the best receiver in football in Calvin Johnson, recovering receiver Ryan Broyles, just signed free agent Golden Tate to a five year deal, two great pass-catching running backs in Reggie Bush and Joique Bell plus Mikel Leshoure who the Lions said they plan on using more often. And of course the two tight ends Pettigrew and Fauria.
How much action is Ebron going to get? Hopefully enough to verify this gutsy draft pick.
Nobody should be happier with this pick than franchise slinger Matthew Stafford. Instead of developing their quarterback and allowing Stafford to make his targets around him better, Detroit has made it a major priority of spoon-feeding Stafford.
The Lions now have one of the league's best and most youthful offensive lines in the NFL. Stafford has probably the best offensive weapons he's had in his entire career, meaning no more excuses for this offense. The drops and the Stafford lack of accuracy should all be improved with the new targets and creative new mind of Lombardi at offensive coordinator.
Detroit struggled to move the ball and score points in the second half of last season. Targets couldn't get open, dropped a league worst number of passes, and Reggie Bush wasn't utilized as often as he should've been.
There's no telling yet how much better this team is with Ebron, the measuring stick lies on the defensive side of the ball. The secondary still needs major help, another outside linebacker and they can use another edge rusher on the line.
Can't hate the Ebron selection, but one can't help question the logic behind it. Just hold your breath and hope it's not another "typical Lions" pick.