Eric Ebron TE North Carolina #85
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Size/Athleticism: Lacks elite size, but makes up for it with athleticism. He’s a very smooth athlete and plays like an oversized receiver. His size and speed combination makes his a dangerous threat after the catch.
Separation Skills: Speed makes him a viable down-field threat in certain matchups. He’s too fast and quick for many linebackers and some safeties. Needs to learn how to use his size to his advantage in jump ball situations. He’s too much of a finesse receiver at times.
Ball Skills: Fairly reliable hands, but he needs to improve his ability to fight for the ball in traffic. He can be passive in his approach. He often lets the ball come to him, even in tight coverage when he should attack the ball. Needs to improve his skills in jump ball situations. He has the size and athleticism to be dominant in jump ball situations, but he’s too soft in his approach right now.
Blocking: Lacks the strength to dominate but he gives a good effort most of the time. He’s physical and won’t back down from a battle against anyone. Fights hard even when he’s clearly overmatched and uses leverage to hold his ground to the best of his ability.
Intangibles: Missed bowl game in 2011 for academic reasons. Appears to be a hard worker based on his obvious development throughout his career.
Durability: No known injuries.
Comments: Ebron has a high ceiling based on his physical tools, but he’s still developing as a pass-catcher. He lacks the elite size of a guy like Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski, so he needs to be more polished in how he uses his body in contested situations. The potential is there for him to be a game-changing weapon, but more development is needed. His upside will likely put his name in the first round conversation, but he shouldn’t be viewed as an immediate impact player. He’ll show flashes as a rookie, but he’s a year or two away from fully developing.