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.
I can actually see the Lions taking Eric Ebron. Finally give Stafford the weapon (at TE) that Pettigrew was drafted to be— Chandler Miller (@CMScouting) March 4, 2014
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.
#UNC TE Eric Ebron (6-4, 250) posted a 4.50 40 time... No. 1 TE in '14 class can be a matchup issue for safeties at the NFL level.— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) February 22, 2014
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.
Eric Ebron = Vernon Davis coming out of Maryland— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 22, 2014
Eric Ebron is the best tight end in the draft. Here's our scouting report on him. http://t.co/4h9Nbj5HCz— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) March 5, 2014
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.
Mayock considers North Carolina TE Eric Ebron a top-10 pick. Bad news for TE-needy Jets. #NFLCombine— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) February 18, 2014
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.