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First-round draft pick Eric Ebron just taking it all in

Posted May 16, 2014

From learning the extensive playbook to lining up with Calvin Johnson, first-round draft pick Eric Ebron is just taking it all in.

Eric Ebron was on the field Friday with the rest of the Lions rookies and qualifying second-year players during the first day of the weekend rookie minicamp.

Eric EbronTE Eric Ebron (Photo: Detroit Lions)

The first-round pick has gotten some exposure to the veteran Lions this week when they've been in Allen Park during the morning for their offseason training program.

Wednesday morning was a particular thrill for Ebron, because he was thrown into the mix by tight ends coach Ron Prince with the No. 1 offense.

“When you line up beside Calvin Johnson and he asks you, ‘Are you good,’ I’m like, “yeah, I’m good,’ but you’re still shaking because you’re lining up next to Calvin Johnson,” Ebron said Friday.

“It was really good. I was lining up next to Calvin Johnson. In a play.”

The Lions are expecting a lot more of that this season. Ebron is a versatile piece to their offense, a player who should open the field up for players like Megatron and create mismatches for himself.

“It’s going to be incredible,” Ebron said when asked about the possibilities for him in the playbook. “Definitely getting to play beside (Brandon) Pettigrew, Calvin, Reggie (Bush), Golden Tate and all those guys. You can see how the playbook at my position can open up the voids and the areas where those guys can shine.”

But first he has to get his head around a complicated playbook.

“He’s working at it," head coach Jim Caldwell said. "Obviously, he’s a very talented guy. There is a lot of information he’s going to be given. He has been here since Monday. He’s done a nice job thus far.

"He is engaging, I think you can see that by his personality. He loves the game, has great passion for it, and usually when you find a guy that’s determined, has great passion, plus you add that to his talent level, obviously you’ve got a pretty big upside.”

But Ebron admits he still has some work to do.

“It’s challenging,” he said. “Of course your head is swimming. I think I had a migraine 30 seconds after we went over the playbook. But it’s very fun to learn new things and to grasp it so you can do it full speed.”

Ebron doesn't have a lot of time. He'll be doing it “full speed” vs. the veterans starting on Tuesday for the team’s first OTA practice.