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Eric Ebron | Tight End

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (21) / 4/10/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 250
College: North Carolina
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First-round TE Eric Ebron had two catches for 27 yards in Friday night's preseason game.
Ebron rotated first-team reps with Brandon Pettigrew and played in two tight-end packages. His longest play was a 15-yard catch-and-run on a swing pass out of the backfield. Ebron made a critical block on Reggie Bush's 86-yard touchdown run, which should help get him on the field more. His blocking has been an issue in camp. Ebron has five catches for 65 yards through three preseason games. Aug 23 - 12:51 AM

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First-round TE Eric Ebron is struggling as a blocker so far at camp.

It's not a surprise as Ebron was drafted 10th overall to catch passes, not block people. The good news is that he's reportedly coming along in terms of route-running and drops, and is learning four different positions. Ebron's most likely role in Year 1 is as a passing package player that lines up in the slot. Still only 21 years old, he's a far better Dynasty prospect than re-draft target.
Aug 13 - 8:05 AM

Eric Ebron caught one pass for two yards in the Lions' preseason debut.

He was targeted four times, lining up in the backfield on one of his looks. Ebron has long-term upside, but isn't expected to be a big part of the Lions' offense early in the season.
Aug 9 - 11:28 PM

Rookie Eric Ebron is listed as the No. 4 tight end on the Lions' training camp depth chart.

Brandon Pettigrew remains the starter and continues to handle first-team reps. Ebron has struggled with drops throughout the offseason, but should have no trouble moving ahead of red-zone specialist Joseph Fauria and Jordan Thompson. Ebron could see the majority of his snaps in the slot as a rookie.
Aug 5 - 7:16 PM

First-round TE Eric Ebron blames his dropped passes this summer on "overthinking" his assignments.

"(The drops are) me overthinking my assignments, my alignments, and making sure I'm right," Ebron said. "And while all those roles are playing in my head, here comes a 90 mph fastball from Matt Stafford. You're not going to catch it -- you're never going to catch it -- if you're thinking about something else while that ball is coming to you." Stafford may have the strongest arm in the league.
Aug 4 - 12:39 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports first-round TE Eric Ebron has dropped "an inordinate number" of passes through spring and the first two days of camp.

Before the draft, at least one NFL scout questioned Ebron's hands, especially when going over the middle. He had an 11.4 percent drop rate last season at UNC. Coach Jim Caldwell isn't worried, and blames Ebron learning so many positions and thinking too much for his shaky hands. It could be an up-and-down rookie year for Ebron. He's a late flier in re-draft, but we love him in Dynasty.
Jul 30 - 9:56 AM

First-round TE Eric Ebron said learning multiple positions is "what's killing me."

"I'm used to either learning the Y or learning the A, which we had at North Carolina. But now it's the Y, the F, the Z," Ebron continued. "It's really hard, but I'm not going to say I'm not enjoying it or not having fun doing it because I know the more I learn the faster I'm able to play, the faster I'm able to produce." Ebron went on to say he expects to line up in the slot on 50 percent of his snaps as a rookie, with the other 50 percent coming as an inline blocker and out of the backfield. We don't expect TE1 production from Ebron until 2015.
Jul 1 - 10:29 AM

No. 10 overall pick Eric Ebron spent most of spring practices running with the Lions' second-team offense.

Ebron "struggled with drops" in OTAs, but finished minicamp with a bang. "He's super athletic and can get in and out of cuts," Matthew Stafford said. "He's raw, he's young, he's got to learn the NFL game like every rookie does. But there's definitely flashes of big-time talent." Ebron won't make much re-draft noise as a 21-year-old rookie, but his long-term ceiling is through the roof.
Jun 19 - 10:43 PM

Lions signed No. 10 overall pick Eric Ebron to a four-year contract with a club option for 2015.

Only 21 years old -- he just turned in April -- Ebron is unlikely to offer consistent re-draft fantasy value as a rookie, but has the potential to become a top-five TE1 by year two or three. His skill set is similar to Vernon Davis' as a pass catcher, and Ebron is joining an offense now overseen by ex-Saints assistant Joe Lombardi, who learned a thing or two about tight end employment working with Sean Payton. If you were in a Dynasty draft and got Ebron any later than the sixth overall rookie pick, give yourself an early back-pat.
Jun 13 - 1:33 PM

Lions OC Joe Lombardi plans to utilize No. 10 overall pick Eric Ebron in a Jimmy Graham-like role.

Lombardi is a former assistant on Sean Payton's staff with the Saints. "There are some things that we did with Jimmy in New Orleans that we will be able to do with Eric and maybe some things we can do with Eric that we didn’t do with Jimmy," Lombardi said. "They are both unique but (Ebron) is going to have a pretty big role in what we plan on doing." Brandon Pettigrew will be the Lions' in-line tight end. Ebron will be a rocked-up wideout in the "move" role.
May 8 - 11:20 PM

Lions selected North Carolina TE Eric Ebron with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Ebron (6-foot-4 3/8, 250) became a starter as a 19-year-old true sophomore for the 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 added Golden Tate and re-signed Brandon Pettigrew in March, are officially a two-tight end team, and loading up on weapons for Matthew Stafford after getting caught short the past two seasons.
May 8 - 9:13 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline tweeted Thursday to "keep an eye on" the Steelers and North Carolina TE Eric Ebron.

Pauline isn't 100 percent accurate -- no one is when it comes to the unpredictable NFL draft -- but he's one of the top pre-draft information men out there. Ebron's draft sweet spot is likely 9-17, with Buffalo as his ceiling and Baltimore as his "floor." Pittsburgh selects at No. 15. The Steelers could become a two-tight end team if they added Ebron, with Heath Miller in the in-line role.
May 8 - 5:18 PM

Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports teams are souring on North Carolina TE Eric Ebron due to his "high maintenance sort of personality."

Pauline specifically mentioned the Giants, one of the league's tight end-neediest teams, at No. 12 overall as a club backing off Ebron. "He's a me type of player and he always has been," Pauline continued. "He's a me type of person on the field and off the field. He's the kind of guy that was complaining when he didn't feel he was getting the ball enough. He's not well liked by all of his teammates." Tis the season to pick apart prospects any way possible, and Ebron appears to be that guy right now. He should still be an early-to-mid first-rounder.
May 6 - 10:37 AM

Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports the Ravens "covet" North Carolina TE Eric Ebron, and he's their "No. 1 target."

The Ravens hold the 17th overall pick in Thursday's first round. They already have Dennis Pitta locked into a long-term deal and Owen Daniels as their No. 2 tight end. But Daniels is only on a one-year pact, and new OC Gary Kubiak's offense keeps two tight ends heavily involved at all times. Pairing Ebron with Pitta would be a heckuva duo, though Ebron could go as high as No. 9 overall.
May 6 - 8:43 AM

Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report considers the Jets, Dolphins, Cardinals, and Packers candidates to trade up for North Carolina TE Eric Ebron.

Ebron has a chance to go in the top ten, but Pompei thinks he could slip because "teams don't want to take a tight end that high." The earliest we could see Ebron coming off the board is at No. 9 overall to the Bills or No. 10 to the Lions. From there, Ebron could go at any time. The Jets, Dolphins, Cardinals, and Packers pick in order from 18-21. The Jets and Packers make plenty of sense for Ebron.
May 2 - 10:52 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3Theo Riddick
4Mikel Leshoure
5George Winn
GLB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
FB1Jed Collins
2Montell Owens
3Emil Igwenagu
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Kevin Ogletree
3Jeremy Ross
4T.J. Jones
5Andrew Peacock
WR21Golden Tate
2Kris Durham
3Ryan Broyles
4Corey Fuller
5Pat Edwards
WR31Kevin Ogletree
TE1Brandon Pettigrew
2Eric Ebron
3Joseph Fauria
4Michael Egnew
5Jordan Thompson
K1Nate Freese