Eric Ebron was not the perfect pick, but he was a good pick. At that point in the draft there wasn't a perfect pick left. Of course the Lions need a cornerback and an edge rusher, but they simply weren't there. The Browns reached wildly for CB Justin Gilbert, and the Vikings took OLB Anthony Barr the pick before Detroit. Without a viable trade option, no defensive player at a position of need that was left was a top 10 worthy player. Dennard, the guy all Lions fans were clamoring for didn't go until the 20's to Cincinnati. So if he was a guy that the Lions had to have, why did 6-7 secondary needy teams also pass on him as well? Clinton-Dix, Pryor, and Donald all were several picks after the 10th slot.
The NFL is about mismatches on offense, and that's exactly what Ebron will help create. In the slot Ebron is a nightmare, and the affect it will have on the rest of the offense will be very positive.
"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."