Though there's little doubt about Ebron's talent -- he was the No. 1 tight end prospect according to NFLDraftScout.com -- he had to convince teams that he could block like an NFL tight end should.
His talent and upside, though, clearly won out over that potential problem. And he'll get paid like an elite player.
Eric Ebron should sign a fully GTD 4-year, $12,249,149 deal with a $2,227,118 '14 cap number. His signing bonus should be $7,228,472.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) May 9, 2014
"I'm very fast, I'm very different,” said Ebron at February's NFL combine. “I play the tight end role like no one else ... ... Every team wants a complete tight end, an all-purpose tight end, not just one that can run down the seam and catch passes. They want one that can block too. I tell them that I've been working hard at it, which I have, and I'm not bad at it, which everyone thinks."
CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco questions the pick, however.
Ebron to Lions: This kid has a ton of talent, but is he really a need? They had other more pressing needs. C- http://t.co/KPxAyHqyNs— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) May 9, 2014
Soon enough, the Lions will get to see if that's so.
Either way, it's been a pretty good Thursday for Ebron, who just so happened to get engaged on top of the Empire State Building a few hours before the draft began.
Plus, he was announced by Lions legend Barry Sanders.