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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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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

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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

In a poll of 17 NFL personnel men, all 17 agreed North Carolina's Eric Ebron is this draft's best tight end prospect.

Ebron maxed out at 68 points in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's vote-based "points" system, with Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins second at 37 points, and Texas Tech's Jace Amaro coming in third at 33. Notre Dame's Troy Niklas was a distant fourth with 16 points. Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz ranked fifth with 11 points. Utah's Jake Murphy (3) ranked sixth, and Georgia's Arthur Lynch (2) No. 7.
Apr 30 - 8:27 PM

North Carolina TE Eric Ebron said he believes the Lions will draft him.

Ebron, the consensus No. 1 tight end in the draft, visited Detroit last week. He'd be an athletic, downfield option to complement current plodders Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria. We highly doubt Ebron is privy to the Lions' draft plans, but it's clear they're intent on further upgrading Matthew Stafford's weaponry -- possibly as early as No. 10 overall. They've also been linked to a fistful of first-round wideout prospects.
Apr 21 - 8:58 AM

North Carolina TE Eric Ebron visited with the Bills on Friday.

Ebron is the top tight end available this year and has been previously linked to the Bills. He's a candidate to be drafted at No. 9 overall and would be an immediate upgrade over Scott Chandler. Buffalo has also been connected to Texas A&M WR Mike Evans, but are unlikely to address receiver in the first-round after trading for Mike Williams. Ebron is a projected Top-20 pick.
Apr 4 - 5:25 PM

Appearing on the Ross Tucker Podcast NFL Films' Greg Cosell suggested North Carolina's Eric Ebron "theoretically" has a chance to be a Vernon Davis-type tight end in the pros.

"And he's probably, see Vernon Davis is much more of a straight-line speed guy," Cosell added. "This guy (Ebron) is more lateral in his movement. You could argue overall that he brings a little more to the table, as a more complete receiver." Cosell did acknowledge Ebron's college tape at times "leaves you wanting more," but described Ebron as a "smooth, athletic mover who looks like a big wide receiver on film" and is "certainly capable of the spectacular."
Mar 19 - 1:35 PM

North Carolina TE Eric Ebron ran twin forty-yard dash times of 4.50 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

He's really, really fast for a 6-foot-4 3/8 and 250-pound player, though somehow Ebron's "official" forty time was announced at 4.60. Ebron's college touchdown production left something to be desired, but his on-field skill set is similar to Vernon Davis' as a complete tight end with outrageous athleticism and straight-line speed. We expect him to be a top-15 draft pick.
Feb 22 - 3:04 PM

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