NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed
With the 235th selection in the NFL Draft, the Patriots selected Northwestern WR Jeremy Ebert.
Ebert is highly productive slot receiver who everyone will inevitably compare to Wes Welker. Ebert caught 75 passes his senior year for 1060 yards and 11 touchdowns. He caught 62 for 953 his junior year with 8 touchdowns.
Ebert showed his speed at his pro day running a 4.38 40 time, with a 4.15 short shuttle and 6.70 3 cone. All of those times are extremely solid for a WR. Ebert is 5’11 200 pounds. If you were looking for a return man, Ebert isn’t that. He only returned five kickoffs for 88 yards during his career.
Before anyone overreacts, I wouldn’t consider this a sign for anything about Welker, Edelman or Anthony Gonzalez. Ebert is just a fast, shifty slot guy who can contribute on special teams and adds depth to the WR core.