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Ravens wanted to draft Eric Ebron, view him as 'Pro Bowl-type guy'

Baltimore Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta was hoping that Eric Ebron would fall to the 17th overall pick, and he views the Detroit Lions tight end as a "Pro Bowl-type guy."

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Had the Detroit Lions not drafted tight end Eric Ebron, there's a very good chance that he would have gone to Jim Caldwell's former team, the Baltimore Ravens. There were rumors before the draft that Ebron was the "number one target" for the Ravens in the first round, and those rumblings were seemingly confirmed by Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta during a recent Q&A.

According to Russell Street Report (and via the Free Press), DeCosta admitted that Ebron was "the one guy that I was excited about getting that we didn’t get." What's more, DeCosta said that he thinks Ebron is a "premier talent," and he views him as a potential future Pro Bowler.

"I thought we had a chance to really get him that was kind of frustrating for us. I thought he was an elite player. I think he has a chance to be a difference maker, Pro Bowl type guy."

With Ebron going to the Lions at No. 10, the Ravens ended up taking Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley with the 17th overall pick. It sounds like Ebron was higher than Mosley on Baltimore's draft board, though, and that's a pretty nice thing to discover considering how much success the Ravens have had over the years.

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