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Eric Ebron | Tight End

Team: North Carolina Tar Heels
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/10/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235

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Lions selected North Carolina TE Eric Ebron with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Ebron (6-foot-4, 250) became a starter as a 19-year-old true sophomore for the Tar Heels, going on to catch 112 career passes for 1,805 yards (16.1 YPR) and eight touchdowns. We'd prefer better red-zone production, but Ebron's upside is arguably on Vernon Davis' level with 33 1/4-inch arms, 4.6-flat jets and a 10-foot broad jump. Ebron projects as a seam-stretching, playmaking "move" tight end with future fantasy TE1 potential (though not in 2014). The Lions, who re-signed Brandon Pettigrew for four years and $16 million in March, are officially a two-TE team, and loading up on weapons for Matthew Stafford after getting caught short the past two seasons. Thu, May 8, 2014 09:15:00 PM

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Draft insider Tony Pauline reports that the Steelers "love" North Carolina TE Eric Ebron.

That doesn't necessarily mean they'll take him if he's available, however. "The feeling in war rooms is Pittsburgh will snag cornerback Kyle Fuller at pick 15," Pauline reports. The draft media has also recently picked up on a Fuller-to-Pittsburgh marriage, but the Steelers' interest in Ebron is a new revelation. They would seem to have much bigger needs.
Thu, May 8, 2014 06:41:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks predicts the Lions will either trade up for Sammy Watkins or select Eric Ebron at No. 10.

"Despite a glaring need at cornerback, the Lions will make a concerted effort to add a dynamic pass catcher to the lineup on draft day," Brooks wrote. "Watkins and Ebron are impact playmakers with the talent to exploit one-on-one coverages on the perimeter." Jim Caldwell and company aren't content with Golden Tate alone, and are looking to add another outside weapon. Caldwell has won before with Peyton Manning winging it all over the place, so he'll be comfortable allowing Matthew Stafford to do the same with what could be a scary receiving corps depending on what happens tomorrow night.
Wed, May 7, 2014 10:58:00 PM

Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that the Baltimore Ravens could target North Carolina TE Eric Ebron.

Pauline notes that even though Owen Daniels and Dennis Pitta are in Baltimore, "Daniels signed a one year deal" and "Pitta will be 29 years old at the start of the season." With offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in the mix, "no offensive coordinator uses the tight end more, or uses as many tight ends as newly hired Gary Kubiak," Pauline writes. The consensus choice as the draft's best tight end, could have his name called anywhere from Buffalo Bill's ninth selection to the middle of the first round of the draft. If Ebron happened to fall to the Ravens at the 17th pick, it would be a quite a surprise.
Wed, May 7, 2014 04:07:00 PM

Bleacher Report's Dan Pompei thinks North Carolina TE Eric Ebron trade-up candidates include the Jets, Dolphins, Cardinals, and Packers.

Pompei thinks Ebron might be in for a little slide next week because "teams don't want to take a tight end that high." Ebron will certainly be discussed by the Bills at No. 9, the Lions at No. 10, and the Titans at No. 11. The Jets, Dolphins, Cardinals, and Packers select, in order, from Nos. 18-21, hence the trade talk.
Fri, May 2, 2014 11:11:00 PM

North Carolina's Eric Ebron was the consensus choice as the draft's best tight end prospect by 17 NFL personnel men.

Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins finished second in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel poll with 37 points (Ebron had a perfect 68), and Texas Tech's Jace Amaro slotted third at 33. Notre Dame's Troy Niklas checked in fourth with 16 points. "Once you get past the first two or three everyone else you just put them in a bag and kind of shake them up," one scout said. "There's nothing that really stands out. The tough part is all the guys that are talented have off-field issues." Colt Lyerla, he's looking at you.
Thu, May 1, 2014 01:35:00 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Giants aren't "aren't especially high" on UNC TE Eric Ebron.

"Everything I've heard in recent months and weeks," wrote beat writer Jordan Raanan, "indicates" that New York "won't draft [Ebron] at No. 12." Ebron has been an extremely popular mock draft selection to the Giants, but Raanan doesn't see it. "I'm a big fan of dynamic tight ends who can leap over defenders and high-point the ball," he wrote. "But the Giants apparently don't see that from Ebron. They're not overly impressed with his skills and overall package."
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 07:16:00 PM's Rich Cimini reports the New York Jets "really like" UNC TE Eric Ebron.

"The Jets really like North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron. They see him as a wide receiver/tight end hybrid that would be a matchup nightmare in a flexed position," wrote Cimini. The problem the Jets may run into, is the Bills at No.9 and the Giants at No.12 may have interest in Ebron's services. If the Bills happen to pass on Ebron, Cimini believes it would cost the Jets "their third rounder and their two non-compensatory fourth-round picks to move up to the 11th spot" in order to put them in a position to draft Ebron. In a draft, where the talent is lacking quality tight ends, the Jets will have to think long and hard if Ebron is worth the trade up.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 01:06:00 PM

The MMQB's Peter King does not expect the Lions to select a TE at No. 10.

"Ebron, the clear top player at the position in this year’s draft, was asked by one team he visited recently who he thought would pick him. 'Detroit,’ he said," writes King. Ebron does not shy away from delivering great quotes and is obviously confident he should be a top 10 selection.
Source: The MMQB
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 12:24:00 PM

UNC TE Eric Ebron drops too many passes to be considered a top 15 prospect by CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Rang ranks him as the class' No. 20 overall player. "Ebron possesses a jaw-dropping combination of size and athleticism that has earned comparisons to 49ers star Vernon Davis," Rang wrote. "Like Davis, however, Ebron struggles with consistency, relying too much on his athleticism rather than dedicating himself to learning the finer techniques of the position. Some team may very well gamble earlier on Ebron's incredible upside than my ranking indicates, but he drops too many easy passes for a spot in the top 15 for me." Ebron (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) possesses top-end playing speed along with great lateral movement, but his inconsistent hands definitely need work. If it's a matter of concentration, team/coaching fit is going to be of paramount importance.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 05:12:00 PM

Giants beat writer Patricia Traina does not believe the team will select a TE in the first-round.

The Giants are frequently linked to UNC's Eric Ebron and others on the second day. In fact, Traina does not believe the team will select a tight end until the third day. Along with Ebron, we are fans of Jace Amaro, Troy Niklas, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and CJ Fiedorowicz, but all have their positives and weaknesses.
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 11:39:00 AM

UNC TE Eric Ebron visited the Buffalo Bills this week.

Bills fans have been calling for a tight end for years, and Ebron could fill that hole at No. 9. The Tar Heel played in the slot around 80 percent of the time in 2013, but many believe he can play inline as a complete tight end since he is at least an adequate blocker. No. 9 might be a bit too early, however.
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 09:11:00 AM

An AFC personnel executive ripped UNC TE Eric Ebron, calling him "completely overrated."

"Hell no," the personnel man said when asked if Ebron was as good as the Bengals' Tyler Eifert. "He’s OK. He’s completely overrated, and he’s a pain in the (butt). And don’t ask him to block anybody, because he’s not going to do it." The anonymous evaluator, naturally, doesn't like this year's TE class either: "It’s not good at all. I wish it was. But it’s not. It’s actually a bad year for tight ends. There’s nobody even close to Eifert (a 2013 first rounder). (Zach) Ertz (whom the Eagles got in the second round) is better than these guys."
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 11:40:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper says UNC TE Eric Ebron is a "no-brainer" pick for the Giants if he drops to the No. 12 pick.

"Tight end is a critical area of need," Kiper said. "There isn't a lot of depth at tight end." Kiper believes the Giants can patch up other holes later on due to the draft's depth at those positions, but posits that there's "even some question about [TE prospects ranked] 2, 3 and 4." Ebron (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) possesses top-end playing speed along with great lateral movement, but his inconsistent hands will need a bit of work.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 09:32:00 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock says athletically, UNC TE Eric Ebron is a top 10 pick in any draft.

"He's athletic, he catches the ball easily, he's a natural hands catcher," Mayock said. "Everything I've seen about Ebron screams top 10 talent." Mayock went on to say Ebron's landing spot is likely determined by where the quarterbacks fit early in the draft, but he "won't make it past No. 15" with the Steelers. We worry about Ebron's consistency at the catch point, and although he improved in that area, the tight end still dropped over 11 percent of his catchable targets in 2013.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 10:22:00 AM