Five Things For May 9th: Lions Draft Ebron with 10th Pick
1. The Lions have added yet another offensive skill player to the fold this off-season. They selected Eric Ebron of North Carolina with the tenth overall pick last night.
Ebron is listed as a tight end, but really he is a wide receiver. He is an impressive specimen at 6'4", 250 pounds. He also runs very well. Ebron is a tough guy for defenses to matchup with, and can make a lot happen after the catch.
However, this is just not a position of need for the Lions. They just resigned Brandon Pettigrew to a 4-year, $16 million dollar deal, and Joe Fauria proved to be a dangerous red zone target last season. They have pressing needs on defense, and while I was not in love with any of the players available at that point, they could have explored a trade down or take a player such as Ryan Shazier, Darquez Dennard, HaHa Clinton-Dix, Kyle Fuller, or someone that would boost the defense.
2. After winning the first three games of their series against the Astros, the Tigers fell 6-2 yesterday. Drew Smyly went 5.1 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and three walks. The bats were silenced by Dallas Keuchel who went 7.2 innings and gave up 2 runs. Victor Martinez had three hits for Detroit, but no one else really got going. The Tigers will play a weekend series against Minnesota.
3. The Canadiens and Bruins played 60 minutes of scoreless hockey. Just a couple minutes into overtime, the unlikeliest of heroes came through. Matt Fraser was inserted into the lineup for the first time since January 9th last night. He had 2 goals in 14 regular season games this year, but popped home the game winner as the B's evened up the series 2-2.
The Anaheim Ducks played like a desperate team in game three, and got off to a much better start than they had in the first two games. Corey Perry finished a beautiful power play goal to get the scoring started, and the 'Finnish Flash' Temmu Selanne scored the Ducks second goal of the game. Ben Lovejoy scored the eventual game-winner as Anaheim won 3-2. The Ducks made a change in goal, putting Frederik Andersen in for Jonas Hiller. However, Andersen left this game in the third period with a leg injury, and Hiller came in for him. Both goalies played well, so coach Bruce Boudreau will have a difficult decision on his hands for game four.
4. The Heat have yet to lose a playoff game, as they cruised by the Nets 94-82. Miami forced Brooklyn into 14 turnovers and held them to 42.3% from the field.
The Spurs also won a lopsided game. They now lead the Trail Blazers 2-0 after getting a 114-97 win.
5. A few other notes from the NFL draft: Johnny Manziel dropped all the way to the 22nd pick, but the Cleveland Browns got their guy. Jadeveon Clowney was the first overall pick, Blake Bortles was the first quarterback off the board, and MSU's Darqueze Dennard went #24 to the Bengals.
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