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DRAFT IN REVIEW: Weekend recap

Posted May 11, 2014

Martin Mayhew and company were very busy this weekend assembling the Lions 2014 Draft Class. Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara were also busy at detroitlions.com keeping you up to date with every selection.

Here's a look at each pick:

TE ERIC EBRON: Mayhew went bold right from the get-go with the selection of Ebron, a talented pass-catching tight end.

“When I talked about our top 10 and how we put it together, I said we’re going to take them the way they come off,” Mayhew said Thursday night. “That’s the way I took him.

“He was the highest graded player. He was the best player available for us. There wasn’t a whole lot of debate about other players.”

The selection garnered mixed reactions, but one NFL analyst dubbed it his favorite pick of the first round.

Ebron provides a down-the-field threat that will certainly make quarterback Matthew Stafford happy, but wide receiver Calvin Johnson may have the most to gain from Ebron's presence.

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LB KYLE VAN NOY: Mayhew’s trading instincts surfaced quickly on Day 2 of the draft when the Lions moved up to grab linebacker Van Noy.

His versatility is an ideal fit for defensive coordinator Teryl Austin's new defense.

“Really happy about getting Kyle into our system,” Austin said. “I think what he does is give us a big backer who can play on the ball, he can play off the ball and he can rush the passer.

“With those things you know you are going to get a three-down player for us and we are very excited.”

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C TRAVIS SWANSON: Center Dominic Raiola is coming off what might be the best season of his career, but the 35-year-old veteran can't play forever. The Lions may have found their center of the future in Swanson.

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CB NEVIN LAWSON: The secondary was a concern going into the draft so it was no surprise when the Lions picked up a cornerback in the fourth round.

At 5'9, Lawson doesn't fit the recent mold for corners, but according to him, "It’s not how big you are, it’s how big you play."

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DE LARRY WEBSTER: The Lions stuck to defense with their second compensatory fourth-round pick when they drafted the athletic defensive end.

In terms of measurables, Webster came in second to Jadeveon Clowney at the NFL Combine.

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DT CARAUN REID: Reid will join the competition for the fourth defensive tackle spot. He jumped on the Lions radar after a terrific Senior Bowl performance.

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WR TJ JONES: Football runs in the family for Jones. He is the son of Andre Jones, a starting defensive end on Notre Dame's 1988 national championship team, who played six games with the Lions as a linebacker in 1992.

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K NATE FREESE: Special teams coordinator Jon Bonamego made finding a kicker a priority this offseason. Now, in Freese, he'll have another option in addition to John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio

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