There’s not much to hate about North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron. Blessed with ideal size, build and freakish athleticism for the position, Ebron was a tight end to watch even before 2013. With a solid 2013 season, though, Ebron potentially finalized his spot as this draft’s top tight end.

To get a better idea as to why, let’s break down Ebron’s game in his 2014 NFL Draft scouting report:

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 245 lbs

College: North Carolina

Position: Tight End

40 Time: n/a

Hands: n/a

Strengths

  • Outstanding size and build
  • Generally displays good hands
  • Stellar body control, can adjust on the fly to make the catch
  • Elite speed for the position, able to break away from the pack
  • Cuts extremely well for a tight end, easily shifting wait and turning up the field
  • Isn’t afraid to take a hit or go over the middle of the field
  • Solid strength and moving legs allows him to fight through arm tackles
  • Run blocking is already adequate and has potential to be elite
  • Engages at the point of attack, doesn’t back down from defender
  • Active hands and proper leverage (usually) make him a quality run-blocker
  • Doesn’t just sit on a route, keeps working to get open
  • Route-running is solid but can be improved upon
  • Adept at bringing balls down in traffic
  • Can make some truly spectacular catches
  • Has the height and ball skills to be a red-zone terror
  • Height and above average leaping ability enhance his catch radius
  • Overall athleticism is off the charts for the position

Weaknesses

  • Needs to work on angles and drive in run blocking
  • Can get pushed to the ground and lose footing in blocks
  • Could do a better job locating his man on screens and broken plays
  • Needs to focus and see the ball in
  • Route tree may need some work as routes he ran weren’t overly complex

Summary

He’s the complete package. As he stands, Ebron is built to be an NFL tight end. He has the size, speed, overall athleticism and play-making ability to be an absolute phenom at the position. And the best part? He’s already a solid blocker. Even better, is he seems to enjoy the contact and is a willing blocker. There’s not much keeping Ebron from being an elite tight end at the next level. He needs to sand a few things down and refine his blocking and cut down on some tiny mental mistakes, but otherwise he’s one heck of a prospect. There’s little doubt he’ll be the first tight end off the board.

Draft Range: Top 20 pick

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