NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa
New England’s final pick of the 2012 NFL Draft was wide receiver Jeremy Ebert out of Northwestern as he was selected in the seventh round, 235th overall.
While playing at Northwestern, Ebert was utilized as a slot receiver as he recorded fairly productive stats his senior year: 75 receptions, 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Ebert recorded solid numbers at his pro day as he posted a 4.38 40-yard dash time—which is ideal for a slot receiver at the NFL level. Ebert stands in at six feet while weighing 195 lbs.
My only complaint with Ebert is that he’s not very versatile as he wasn’t used much as a return man with in college—but that could obviously change heading into his second year at the professional level.
Ebert didn’t see the field once in 2012.
Following training camp, New England ended up releasing Ebert on August 31 and was actually signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad two weeks later. Following his release from Philly, he ended up returning to the Patriots as a member of their practice squad on November 27.
In all honesty, I’m not sure how to assess Ebert. I suppose you could say that it’s impressive that he was a member of the Patriots for the majority of the 2012 season, considering that he was a seventh round draft pick.
Entering 2013, I certainly have my doubts on whether or not he’ll make the team’s final roster come the end of training camp. If Julian Edelman or Wes Welker are able to test the free agent waters, those chances certainly will go up.
2012 Stats: N/A
Letter Grade: Incomplete