Weight: 250 lbs.
School: North Carolina
- John Mackey Award finalist - nation's best tight end (2013)
- First-team All-American (2013)
- First-team All-ACC (2012)
- Set season receptions and yardage records in both 2012 and 2013
- 2013 stats: 62 receptions, 973 yards and three TD
**Ebron seemed to tweak a hamstring or a quad during his workout on Saturday. It shouldn't be an issue going forward, but it kept him from doing the positional drills on the field.
- 40 yard dash - 4.60 seconds
- Bench Press - 24 reps
- Vertical Jump - 32"
- Broad Jump - 10'
- Arm length - 33 1/4"
- Hand size - 10"
- Can be used wide, in the slot or on the line of scrimmage
- Smooth release off the snap into his routes
- Willing blocker who will compete in space and on line LOS
- A true 3rd level threat at tight end
- Very natural pass catcher
- Extremely athletic and impossible matchup on shallow crossers vs. man
- Needs to get better at learning when and where to sit down vs. zone
- Will glide after initial separation rather than hit the jets to extend separation
- Needs to improve his strength and footwork as a run blocker
- Inconsistent tempo in some routes
Eric Ebron was a First Team All-ACC tight end and Second Team All-American and he's the embodiment of what the tight end position has become. Ebron doesn't look as big as his scale weight at the combine (250 lbs) which leads me to believe he can add a few more pounds of muscle.
While I wouldn't call him a "plus" blocker, he is a willing blocker who does a nice job of competing and I expect his technique in that area to improve with more specific work as a run blocker. Ebron's athleticism made it look easy for him at times and he'll need to be more disciplined with his routes in order to maintain the separation he was used to in college.
Ebron is an absolute matchup nightmare for defenses because he can play on the line of scrimmage or in the slot and can threaten all levels of the field from both spots. He's a good runner after the catch showing a willingness to sell out for the extra yardage. He displays very good hands and toughness over the middle and his ability to dominate the seam means LBs are going to be a bad matchup on him.
I didn't see Ebron play out of the backfield as an H-Back, but it might be interesting to see if a team tries to use him there as well. Because he's got speed, great hands and a willingness to block against DEs and LBs, there isn't a scheme or team in the NFL that wouldn't be able to use him. His talent and skill-set embodies the new breed of NFL TEs, but he can't just coast on talent and athleticism alone or he won't grow as a player.