Prospect: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Grade: 7.9 (Grading Scale)
A rare athlete for the Tight End position… Features exciting speed, acceleration, and fluidity… Position versatile with the ability to line-up In-Line, split out, in the slot, or even in the backfield… Explodes off the line displaying rapid acceleration…. Has no trouble separating from man to man coverage, winning at all levels of the field… Wins clean release off the line with his quickness and body control… Sets up defenders with juke and headfake at the top of his stem… Shows burst and speed out of his breaks to separate.. Keeps defenders off balance by using different speeds and head-fakes throughout his route…
Possesses large catch radius and a very good vertical leap… Gives the QB a large area to place the throw… Separates easily on vertical and seam routes… Tough to cover in the middle of the field… Runs like a WR in a Tight End’s body… Make sudden adjustments to poorly thrown balls…. Strong hands to make the difficult catch…. Impressive balance when route running… A mismatch for LB to cover… A willing blocker…. Can deliver solid initial contact and can get hands in good spot… Works very hard to sustain blocks and re-engage if he loses…. Fluid athlete…. Makes cuts and double moves smoothly… Demonstrates great flexibility getting in and out of routes… Wins position battle vs. man coverage… Tracks ball vertical throws well… Can out jump defenders for 50/50 chances….
Creates big YAC with speed and broken arm tackles. Not just a finesse TE…. Extends from his body with out breaking stride, running through the catch point.. Turns upfield immediately, showing exciting run after the catch promise.
Still very raw and undeveloped as a blocker… Gets over-extended and lunges after initial contact… Goes to the ground or gets off balance… Routes and footwork in/out of his breaks requires work… Wins with his natural ability right now… Needs to idenitfy coverages better… Has a number of drops on film, including some bad ones (VT)… Appears to try and get upfield before ball is secured…
Can improve his focus… Adding additional strength to his frame will help… Against more physical defenders he gets pushed off catch point… Effort level varies on film.
Eric Ebron is a rare tight end prospect. He possesses wide receiver like quickness, acceleration, speed, and fluidity in a tight ends body. Ebron can line up in slot, in the backfield or in-line. He wins off the line of scrimmage with speed and quickness. Runs away from coverage, he has no problem separating down the seam, over the middle, or in zone coverage. Very fluid and flexible getting in and out of his breaks. He doesn’t need to slow down to make cuts. Can make some incedibly athletic catches and adjustments when at full speed.
At the NFL level he will be a constant mismatch for opposing teams because he is too fast for LB and simply to long/big for safeties. One NFL GM called him the “Jadeveon Clowney of offensive skill position players in this draft.” Tight Ends don’t usually go high in the draft, but I’ll be shocked if Eric Ebron last past pick 15 in May.