It’s that time of year. We are headed towards the combine, and then the draft itself, with free agency stuck in the middle. Now is the time that everyone, including us here at the JET Press, are coming out with mock drafts, trying to guess what’s going to happen come May, and the first round of the draft.
Today, we are not looking at our own mock draft, but one from an NFL expert, Charles Davis. Earlier this week, he posted his updated mock draft, and his is the one we are going to take a look at today.
Here is who he has chosen for the Jets at number 18:
Eric Ebron, TE, UNC
What really helps a young QB? A TE who can work the seams and create easier throws. Ebron is gifted.
A very popular choice for the Jets. Here are his career stats from North Carolina:
Receiving & Rushing
Looking at those stats, he is certainly a step up from the tight ends that have been at the quarterback’s disposal of late. Dustin Keller was a weapon, but he had a great deal of difficulty staying on the football field.
Take a look at some footage on Ebron:
The way he uses his body to put himself between the ball and the defender is an excellent attribute. At only 6’4″, he is big, but there are tight ends that are bigger. His ability to use his body will play huge at the next level.
Ebron also has excellent hands, and can run a great pass route. Being able to run a route is always a question for a tight end, that doesn’t spend all of his time working on route running since he has to be able to block as well.
Whether a player is ready when they come out early, as Ebron is doing, is always going to be a question. The argument can always be made that a player would benefit from spending their senior season improving their game.
But if this guy is ready to play, he would be a great asset to the New York Jets. They could do quite a lot worse than choosing Eric Ebron.