Road to the Draft: UNC's Eric Ebron

Road to the Draft: UNC's Eric Ebron
April 9, 2014, 2:00 pm
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30 for 29: This is the third in a daily series of looks at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
6-4, 250, Born: 4/10/93

STATS

2013: 62 catches, 973 yards, 3 TDs
2012: 40 catches, 625 yards, 1 TD
2011: 10 catches, 207 yards, 1 TD


SCOUTING REPORT

Ebron's a native of Newark, New Jersey. He just finished his junior season and he's regarded as the best tight end in the draft. By a lot. He runs a 4.6 40 and has a 32-inch vertical with long arms and big hands. He has no injury history of note that cost him games, though a hamstring tweak at the Combine caused him to limit his work. No attitude or off-field issues to report.

TO THE GOOD

Great catch radius. Precise route-runner. Potential mismatch nightmare because of speed, size, strength combo. Has shown durability and production despite playing in an offense at North Carolina that was not tight end oriented. Notable balance and body control. Can play slot, in-line tight end or flex out wide.

TO THE BAD

Not much. Could add some bulk. Had some concentration drops at his pro day. Should improve as a blocker.


PATRIOT FRIENDLY?

Absolutely the perfect pick but New England may have to get into at least the top-15 to have a crack. The comparisons for Ebron tend toward Vernon Davis. He's a little more like Aaron Hernandez without the slipperiness after the catch but with much more willingness to be physical. He's not as stiff as Davis nor as powerful. For the Patriots, losing Hernandez was a sucker-punch because he was such an X-factor in their offense and the way they could toy with defensive coordinators. They don't have anything like Hernandez on their roster now. Ebron would remedy that.

MOCKED UP

OURLADS: No. 21 to Green Bay

PAT KIRWAN: No. 18 to New York Jets