Nov 30, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) on the field in the third quarter. The Blue Devils defeated the Tar Heels 27-25 at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
This week our Mock Draft is presented to us from the guys over at (withthefirstpick.com). It’s a two round draft with some interesting selections to say the least. I’ll highlight each pick per round for the New York Jets and like always I’ll add brief analysis after each pick, so let’s gets to it.
“Round 1 – 13. New York Jets – Eric Ebron, TE North Carolina
The Jets just need any type of weapon that can go out and catch the ball from Geno Smith. Ebron may have the most upside of any offensive weapon available at this pick and give them options. Ebron can line up all over the field and is a terrific athlete. Jeff Cumberland is not a bad player and the combination of the two could be pretty good for the Jets and open up opportunities for plays like Stephen Hill on the outside. Plus, everyone knows ESPN is just dying to run the New York Jets tight end montage.
At 6’4 245, Eric Ebron is undoubtedly a terrific athlete playing the TE position and in today’s NFL having an extremely talented and gifted TE that causes severe match-up problems for opposing defenses is something being coveted by all teams. Ebron is a top prospect not because of his ability to catch the ball but because he has the ability to be both a dangerous receiver and impact blocker. On the next level, Ebron wouldn’t just be a TE he would simply be a weapon as he has the skill set to be utilized in some H-back roles as well and with Oregon’s Colt Lyerla out of the picture, Ebron undoubtedly has a real good chance at being the first TE off the boards in this April’s draft. Having said that, in this particular mock I don’t like this selection for the Jets and it has nothing to do with Ebron and everything to do with the fact that Clemson WR Sammy Watkins is still on the board when this selection is “made.”
In my opinion, Watkins is the top WR prospect heading into this April’s draft and because of his skill set, I don’t think it’s even close. There are other WRs that I think are talented but none that completely match the skill set of Sammy Watkins. Geno Smith has undoubtedly struggled this season but part of that struggle has to do with the fact that the Jets are without a play-maker on the offensive side of the ball, a play-maker that the defense has to game plan for and account for at all times. Watkins can be that guy and with him still on the board here I would without a doubt make him the first pick. Watkins instantly opens up the passing game for Geno and this offensive as he is someone you have to focus on at all times.
Bottom line – I don’t like the pick, there are better options for this Jets team on the board at this time.
Here are some Eric Ebron highlights for those that are unfamiliar with him. Enjoy….
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