What's the Twitter Buzz About Eric Ebron as 2014 NFL Draft Approaches

Michael MandelkernContributor IIIMarch 6, 2014

North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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The 2014 NFL draft is not until May 8, but Twitter is already buzzing about which prospects respective teams should draft. Former North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron is getting attention as a possible top-10 pick, and deservedly so.

He impressed at the combine in late February when he ran 40 yards in 4.5 seconds. Opposing teams will have difficulty covering the speedy Ebron. 

Even though Ebron tweaked his hamstring later in the combine and ceased physical activity, his first showing was enough to impress scouts. He is highly athletic for a tight end.

Ebron has even drawn comparisons to San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, high praise for someone who is yet to play in the NFL. He is especially agile at 6’4”, 250 pounds. His size and speed make him formidable on the football field.

One potential weakness is his blocking skills. He may not possess enough strength against defensive ends in the NFL. Ebron is also not known for having great hands, but it is something he can work on in the NFL. Combined with his agility and size, he will be a major force if he can improve his hand technique.

His speed, however, compensates for these shortcomings. Ebron is difficult to stop once he is running with the football. Catch him if you can.

Ebron possesses versatility and has a keen perception for gaps in coverage. Teams could potentially play him as a wide receiver if necessary. 

Quarterbacks will be high in demand this year, but Ebron might make the top 10 in the 2014 NFL draft. If not, expect the New York Giants and New York Jets to have their eyes on the tight end prize.