NFL Draft Profile: North Carolina TE Eric Ebron

NFL Draft Profile: North Carolina TE Eric Ebron
May 3, 2014, 10:00 am
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Eric Ebron (TE), North Carolina

6'4" | 250 lbs.

2013 stats:

62 recs, 973 yds, 3 TD

Projection:

1st Round

What scouts are saying:

Highly athletic, highly productive "F" tight end loaded with upside and mismatch capability. Possesses the speed, movement skills, hands and run-after-catch skills to emerge as a playmaking weapon in the pros, though has room to continue developing as a blocker.” (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)

Physical when he wants as a blocker with strong initial power at the point of attack. Very good toughness and plays unintimidated and confident. Good football awareness and plays alert. Versatile experience lining up in-line, but mostly in the slot - also plays on special teams coverage.” (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)

“Dangerous pass-receiving tight ends have become a rage in the NFL, and Ebron is the top tight end prospect to enter the pros since Vernon Davis in 2006. Ebron is extremely fast for a tight end. With his size, athleticism and speed, he looks like a matchup nightmare for an NFL offense.” (Walterfootball.com)

Fit for the Bears:

The Bears ponied up big cash for tight end Martellus Bennett during the 2013 offseason, and the ex-Giant/Cowboy gave Chicago a huge return on their investment with career highs in yards, receptions and touchdowns. But outside of Bennett, the Bears depth chart at tight end is filled with a whole lot of question marks. The club has Dante Rosario, Fendi Onobun, Matt Mulligan and Zach Miller in the fold, but none of the aformentioned players seem to be long-term options. It wouldn't be surprising to see GM Phil Emery improve the team's depth at the position in the 2014 NFL Draft, but it won't be with Eric Ebron. The former North Carolina product will be the first tight end taken off the board, and the Bears have far too many defensive holes to fill with their first-round selection than draft for luxury. 

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