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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.
Apr 5 - 11:39 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.
Apr 5 - 9:11 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."
Source: NJ.com
Mar 30 - 11:40 PM

UNC OT James Hurst worked out at Tuesday's pro day despite not being totally recovered from a broken left leg sustained in UNC's Belk Bowl win on Dec. 28.

It was a nice display of heart by Hurst (6-foot-5 3/8, 298 pounds), who obviously missed the combine while rehabilitating. Before Hurst fractured his fibula in late December, some scouts had a second- to third-round grade on him. The evaluation will now become more tricky. On Tuesday, with an ankle that was not 100-percent, Hurst did forties of 5.54 and 5.60 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.57 seconds, performed a 22-inch vertical jump and did 23 lifts on the bench. He also worked out in position drills.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 6:49 PM

North Carolina C Russell Bodine "had a good positional workout, showing off his strong upper body" at North Carolina’s pro day on Tuesday, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Representatives from 30 NFL teams were on hand to take in the festivities. Eric Ebron was obviously the star of the show, but UNC had several other draftable prospects on display, including Bodine. The center decided to retain his combine numbers, which he was comfortably able to do after leading all participants in Indy with 42 reps on the bench press. "Bodine looks like a third-day draft pick (Rounds 4-7)," Brandt wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 6:31 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes UNC DE Kareem Martin's strong pro day "elevated him to a middle- to top-of-the-second-round selection."

Martin (6-foot-5 3/4, 270 pounds) stood on his combine numbers, which were amongst the best of his position, as he ran a 4.72 forty and posted a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump. He "looked really good in the drills working out as a defensive end," observed Brandt. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is a known fan of Martin's.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 6:18 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.
Mar 26 - 9:32 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes UNC QB Bryn Renner is still draftable despite an injury riddled senior season.

Renner tore the labrum in his left shoulder and also suffered a fractured scapula, which prevented him from attending the Senior Bowl or East-West Shrine game. Renner ran his own pro day workout on Tuesday, which is very uncommon. The UNC passer earned praise and buzz prior to the season and displayed the ability to slow down the game after the ball is snapped despite playing in a tempo offense.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 26 - 10:53 AM

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.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 26 - 10:22 AM

Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that UNC TE Eric Ebron "did not look good" at his Pro Day.

"Told Eric Ebron/TE/North Carolina did not look good at pro-day...dropped a number of passes and generally looked poor in drills," Pauline tweeted. Ebron is a player with natural hands who has the ability to make spectacular catches with ease, but his hands just aren’t as good as publicized with a 11.43% drop rate, which should not be overlooked. With that being said, Ebron should still be the first tight end prospect off the board in this years draft.
Mar 25 - 12:48 PM

Former NFL scout Russ Lande believes UNC TE Eric Ebron is a "rare talent who could be better than Jimmy Graham."

"Although many are projecting that teams like the Ravens and Jets will be interested in him, a number of NFL people I've spoken with recently believe he will be selected in the top 12, because he is a rare talent who could be better than Jimmy Graham," Lande wrote. At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, Ebron possesses top-end playing speed along with great lateral movement. After the catch, Ebron is a dominant runner in the open field, and can easily break through arm tackles or even run by defenders. With the type of skill set Ebron has, look for teams to use him in a Vernon Davis type of role at the next level.
Mar 22 - 10:45 AM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell said UNC TE Eric Ebron has Vernon Davis-like qualities.

"Davis is more of a straight-line speed guy," Cosell said. "[Ebron] is more lateral in his movement. You could argue that he brings more to the table as a complete receiver. ... I thought he was a top physical talent that at times makes you say, 'Wow,' and at other times leaves you wanting more." Cosell calls Ebron a potential top-10 pick in a tight end class he thinks is 'not great.' Ebron is a "smooth, athletic mover that looks like a big wide receiver on film."
Mar 19 - 6:05 PM

UNC TE Eric Ebron has team visits scheduled with the Bills, Lions, Ravens and Panthers.

Ebron listed these four as official team visits, which teams only have a finite amount of (30). The athletic tight end added he will not try to improve on his 4.60 forty from the Combine. Ebron will likely play a similar role to Vernon Davis in the NFL, but he needs to improve his inline presence to do so. The athleticism is there to rack up yards after the catch, however, Ebron can improve at the catch point, as he dropped over 11 percent of his catchable targets in 2013.
Mar 19 - 3:37 PM

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora announced that senior TE Jack Tabb will likely be Eric Ebron's successor.

"Jack Tabb will most likely step into that role," Fedora said. "We've got Brandon Fritts, an incoming freshman, that is here. We have Eric Albright there; Tyler Alberts is moved into that position. We're going to have some good competition there this spring. We're going to have a tight end on the field." Tabb was the only UNC TE outside of Ebron to record stats in 2013, catching seven passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. Ebron led the Heels with 973 receiving yards. "Jack has the opportunity to be just as productive as Ebron was, and this enables other receivers on the field to get more balls also," Fedora said.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 5 - 3:50 PM

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is impressed with UNC DE Kareem Martin.

"He can get skinny," Mayock said. "He can get through small areas and make plays." Martin (6-foot-6, 272 pounds) has been one of the stars of the combine, running a 4.72 forty and posting a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump. Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage tweeted that Martin's performance in Indy would "send evaluators back to the tapes."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 9:06 PM


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