The Detroit Lions wrapped up a three-day rookie minicamp on Sunday.
Here are five things we learned:
1. Eric Ebron looks to be a good fit. He knows as a first-round pick he’s expected to be a leader and he is all good with that. “You can just tell, it’s a vibe you get that everybody looks for you to say something, to do,’’ Ebron said. “You just have to stay confident in your abilities, if you always do the right things then they’ll follow through too.’’
2. When you see Caraun Reid in person, only one thought crosses your mind — he’s got a body built for defensive tackle. He may be a fifth-round pick from Princeton, but don’t see him so much as a project as a guy who can rotate in. Of course it’s early and they’re not in pads.
3. Kyle Van Noy seems wiser than his year. The outside linebacker will also be a pass-rushing defensive end. Lots to learn, but no sweat. He said one of the hardest things so far is learning to manage his time wisely between studying film and working out. “Just doing the little things right all the time,’’ Van Noy said.
4. Overall the draft class seems impressive. Coach Jim Caldwell said it was an "outstanding" minicamp.They seemed to be leaders on the field and were fine at the podium talking to the media. A few were more comfortable than others, but no one made any major errors.
5. Hidden gems at rookie camp? Among the 23 tryout players, there could have been a dozen of them, but coach Jim Caldwell just opened each day up to the media for 20 minutes. During that time they were working on individual drills so it’s hard to judge.