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Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Eric Ebron

NFL Draft Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Eric Ebron

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Believe it or not, the NFL draft is this week. In the words of Kurt Angle, “Oh it’s true. It’s true.”

In three short days, the Texans will be officially on the clock and the draft will be underway. At approximately 9:50 P.M. ET this Thursday (if they don’t trade their pick), the Ravens will be making their first round selection.

Could that selection be Eric Ebron? Two of the four tight ends on the Ravens’ roster have played in a NFL game (Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels), and both of those players have had to deal with recent serious injuries. So, taking Ebron, even though there are more pressing needs, wouldn’t be the worst thing for the franchise.

His measurables stack up against any tight end in the draft and he looks to be just scratching the surface of his football potential. Will that potential thrive? Or will it wilt under the pressure of performing as a NFL player?

Eric Ebron, TE, UNC

  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 250 pounds
  • Bench reps of 225 pounds: 24
  • 40-yard dash: 4.60 seconds (2nd among tight ends)
  • Broad jump: 10’0″ (3rd among tight ends)
  • Last season: 62 receptions, 973 yards (15.7 yard average), 3 TD

Pros: Ebron does many things well. He separates from press and knows where to sit down against zone. He knows how to lean and break off routes and made many catches in traffic. Once he gets into the open field, he glides. He isn’t just a pass catching tight end, though. He’s lines up as much in-line as he does in the slot and is an above average blocker. He’ll rotate his hips to wall off defenders. He competes on every snap.

Cons: Although it was according to UNC’s game plan, Ebron didn’t run a lot of different routes. Most of the routes he ran were shallow crosses or stick routes, with the occasional post sprinkled in. From time to time he will get overwhelmed at the point of attack.

Why the Ravens would select him: When I watch Ebron on film, he reminds me of Pitta. They both block better and are tougher than people give them credit for. They can do a variety of things to help your offense. It’s also worth noting that Baltimore’s tight end position is lacking depth right now, so adding Ebron would bolster that group. Adding Ebron would also give Joe Flacco another red zone target (Baltimore ranked 25th in the league last year with 19 receiving touchdowns).

Projected position with the Ravens: In-line tight end. Although he often lined up at slot receiver in college, I think Ebron should start at tight end in the NFL, so as to solidify his blocking technique. This would allow Pitta to remain in his role as H-back (in-motion tight end)/3rd down slot receiver.

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I was born and raised in Baltimore. But after a year at York College of Pennsylvania, I transferred to Towson University. At York and Towson, I hosted various radio shows, wrote for the school paper, spoke on a panel RE: college game day presentation at IBS conference in Manhattan and was a public address announcer for multiple sports. Since 2012, I've been able to cover the Ravens during their training camp as well as work for Johns Hopkins during their home men's lacrosse games. A life-long goal was realized when I got to attend Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans and witness the Ravens triumph over an excellent 49ers team. What an experience! If you choose to do so, follow me on twitter: @MikeFastJr. More from Mike Fast
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Cheri
Cheri

Gee we didn't know you worked in the Ravens from office and knew this as fact. I am sure if the Ravens struggle on offense again you will be one of the first guys saying how "what does Joe suppose to do he has no weapons to throw the ball to". If wr is not a first round priority it sure and hell better be in the second round and no later then the 3rd and even that would be pushing it if the run on wr's start to happen in the second round like I am thinking it will.

Big C
Big C

He does get the dropsies pretty bad... He's an elite athlete though and that 40 time will drop half a tenth if he trains properly. He'll play faster if he can learn. He's 255 running an electronic 4.6 at the combine. That's pretty fast... He drops some passes sometimes. But he could end up being super nice as well.. He's super young, just turned 21 a month ago. The kid from Washington could be a better value paired with a WR in the 1st round like Cooks.. Now that would change Joe Flacco's life a little bit. Brandin Cooks and Austin Saferian-Jenkins in rounds 1 & 2.

Reading Comments
Reading Comments

Again, Free Safety, O-Line, RB. They are not picking a receiver, or a tight end with their first pic. Get that through your heads! Newsome emphatically said he wants a safety, and this draft has a lot of talent at that position. He knows that that position is part of the anchor of the defense.

Kevin
Kevin

Only 3 TD's for someone you say is a redzone threat? He is not the 17th best player in the draft, not even the 30th best. Dropsies and lack of big time production. The Ravens would do well to wait on a TE in this draft class.

Cheri
Cheri

Ebro would not be a terrible choice I would just prefer a more traditional TE like CJF of Iowa in like the 3rd or 4th. Ebron just screams bust to me for some reason. Maybe it was the couple of times that I saw him play he had some drops that were alarming to me.

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