Hello again readers! We are now just 86 days away from the 2014 NFL Draft, in which the Chiefs could get the last few pieces that they need to make a run for the Super Bowl. One player that I (and hopefully John Dorsey) believe could help the Chiefs is North Carolina’s Tight End Eric Ebron. Tight End seems to be a definite position of need for the Chiefs heading into the 2014 season, and Eric Ebron could certainly lock up the starting Tight End position on the Chiefs roster for a long time. Let’s take a look at what made Ebron one of the top Tight End prospects in the country.
Ebron played at North Carolina for three years, and in 34 games, he caught 112 passes for 1805 yards and 8 touchdowns. This looks like a stat line that an elite Tight End would have in only one year in the NFL so why did it take Ebron three years to put these stats together? Playing at North Carolina, Ebron wasn’t surrounded by the most talented college football players, especially at the Quarterback position. Still, Ebron managed to make some spectacular catches during his time at UNC, here’s some of the best plays he made during his collegiate career. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GgY1-xjk4E Ebron isn’t the biggest Tight End at 6’4″ 245 lbs., but his size allows him to be a superb athlete. In fact, Ebron may be one of the best athletes in the entire 2014 draft class. His athleticism allows him to make those spectacular one-handed catches that you saw in the highlight video on a fairly regular basis. His athleticism also comes into play when running after the catch. Ebron can break tackles, and has very good open-field speed for a Tight End. Ebron is so athletic that North Carolina actually ran end around’s designed for Ebron. It is extremely rare for a Tight End to have enough athleticism to be able to run the ball out of the backfield, which makes Ebron an extraordinary talent. Another positive aspect of Ebron’s game is his willingness to block for his teammates. I’m sure Ebron likes to score, but he also enjoys setting up his teammates for the score. Last, but certainly not least, Eric Ebron can catch the football. He can go up and get the ball, and also shows great body control making him a threat in the red zone. Ebron is also not afraid of contact, and can run routes across the middle of the field, absorb the hit, and still come down with the ball. The poor QB play at North Carolina helped Ebron get used to making difficult catches, which will help him in the NFL. While Ebron is an incredible talent, that doesn’t mean that his game doesn’t have some flaws.
Although Ebron is willing to block for his teammates, that doesn’t mean that he always blocks for them well. Sometimes Ebron would be simply over matched, and his man would usually end up either sacking the Quarterback, or tackling the Runningback. Although Ebron does have a good set of hands, he would sometimes drop very catch able passes for seemingly no reason. Another con to Ebron’s game is his route running. He isn’t a terrible route runner, but he will have to improve in that area to succeed at the next level. If Ebron can improve on these few aspects of his game, he could be a very good player in the NFL. With no history of injuries or off the field issues, Eric Ebron may be the best Tight End prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.
I know that in my previous prospect post here on Chiefs 360 I stated that I thought if he were available at pick 23 the Chiefs should take De’Anthony Thomas of Oregon. However, as it stands right now, it looks as though the Chiefs could potentially pick up Thomas in the later rounds. So I will change my statement to if Eric Ebron is available when it’s the Chiefs turn to pick, John Dorsey and Andy Reid should pull the trigger, and bring Ebron to Kansas City. Unfortunately, Ebron may not be available at pick 23, but if he is available, Ebron would be a great value for the 23rd pick, and lock up the starting Tight End spot in Kansas City for years to come.
So what do you guys think would you rather have a solid Tight End like Eric Ebron, or another player? Please let me know in the comments, because my next post here on Chiefs360 will be my first Mock Draft, and I want your opinions on whom the Chiefs should take. Last but not least,