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NFL DRAFT 2014: Lions take TE Eric Ebron, adding him to long list of pass-catching prospects

  • Detroit Lions first round draft choice, 10th overall, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron walks with team mascot "Roary" after arriving at the team's headquarters in Allen Park, Mich., Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Detroit Lions first round draft choice, 10th overall, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron walks with team mascot "Roary" after arriving at the team's headquarters in Allen Park, Mich., Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions first round draft choice, 10th overall, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron smiles after arriving at the team's headquarters in Allen Park, Mich., Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Detroit Lions first round draft choice, 10th overall, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron smiles after arriving at the team's headquarters in Allen Park, Mich., Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions first round draft choice, 10th overall, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, left, smiles with team president Tom Lewand after arriving at the team's headquarters in Allen Park, Mich., Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Detroit Lions first round draft choice, 10th overall, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, left, smiles with team president Tom Lewand after arriving at the team's headquarters in Allen Park, Mich., Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

The Detroit Lions have made a habit out of taking pass-catching prospects in the NFL draft.

Detroit drafted North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron with the No. 10 pick Thursday night.

The Lions became the first team since the start of the common draft in 1967 to use a first-round pick on a tight end or wide receiver in at least six drafts over a 12-year span, not counting supplemental selections, according to STATS LLC.

Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Caldwell look and sound fired up about the latest one.

Mayhew and Caldwell envision the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Ebron creating matchup problems for defenses that also have to scheme to stop Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Brandon Pettigrew and Reggie Bush.

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