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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron is interviewed after being selected by the Detroit Lions as the 10th pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)The Associated Press

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    Central Florida's Blake Bortles, right, talks with North Carolina's Eric Ebron during an NFL football event in New York, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The event was to promote Play 60, an NFL program which encourages kids to be active for a healthy life. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)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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