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Scouting the 2014 NFL Draft: UNC TE Eric Ebron

Dec 28, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) tries to catch a pass during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Normally, I wait on the scouting until after the senior All-Star games and the Combine. However, there has been so much talk about this young man amongst the Jets’ fan base, it seemed prudent to take a look at this guy now. So, let’s take a look at a highly regarded possible draftee, TE Eric Ebron.

Here are his career stats:

CAREER STATS RECEIVING RUSHING
SEASON REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
2013 62 973 15.7 79 3 2 7 3.5 6 0
2012 40 625 15.6 49 4 0 0 0.0 0 0
2011 10 207 20.7 47 1 0 0 0.0 0 0

Per ESPN, he measures in at 6’4″, 245 pounds.

Before we go any further, let’s take a look at some highlights of Eric catching passes at UNC:


Official Highlights | UNC TE Eric Ebron by ACCDigitalNetwork

PROS: First of all, his size jumps out at you. 6’4″ is a prototypical size for a pass-catching tight end (Antonio Gates lists at 6’4″ as well). Eric is a terrific route runner, and has excellent body control. He can change his body position mid-route to catch a ball that is behind him with ease. He can get up high and catch the ball at its highest point, and doesn’t drop anything. Ebron, after the catch, can take it to the house.

CONS: There aren’t a lot of cons to this player’s game. If I had to nitpick, you could say that he catches the ball with his body sometimes. Instead of taking it with his hands, he brings the pass into his body, which you can get away with in college, but not the pros. But that comes after looking hard.

The Jets could do a lot worse than taking this guy at 18.

Topics: 2014 Nfl Draft, Eric Ebron, New York Jets, UNC

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  • Paul Newbold

    I like him at 18! Its been a lifetime since the Jets ha a top notch TE! The way this kid excels at the receiving game would be a huge bonus for Geno Smith’s game. Good size, good speed, and he seems to have the athleticism to get open over the middle and create mismatches with linebackers! The Jets could do a lot worse then choosing this kid! Here’s hoping!!

    • Alan Schechter

      I agree, though I hear a lot about Amaro as well, you have a preference Paul?

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