TE Ebron will be hard for Giants to pass on in draft

North Carolina’s Eric Ebron is the top-rated TE in the upcoming draft. He is a talented receiver who is being compared to some of the league’s most dynamic TEs.

The Giants, selecting 12th, should be in position have to take Ebron. They are in the market for a seam-breaking TE, and Ebron, who grew up a Giant fan, could be the solution.

NFL Films’ Greg Cosell, appearing on Ross Tucker’s podcast, sees Ebron as a Vernon Davis-type. From Rotoworld:

“And he’s probably, see Vernon Davis is much more of a straight-line speed guy….This guy (Ebron) is more lateral in his movement. You could argue overall that he brings a little more to the table, as a more complete receiver.” Cosell did acknowledge Ebron’s college tape at times “leaves you wanting more,” but described Ebron as a “smooth, athletic mover who looks like a big wide receiver on film” and is “certainly capable of the spectacular.”

And here we go, folks, another candidate for the Giants to mull over in Round One.




18 comments
John Hurley
John Hurley

All we are hearing is about Eric Ebron Giants are already invested in the invisible man,Adrien Robinson but they have Donnell and Fells on the depth chart.Finley is also in the picture. The Giants need to take Aaron Donald with the 12th selection because he will push the pocket back from the inside or middle which will take the the pressure off on Kiawanuka and JPP. Ebron is making his case to be a Giant but Donald is a true starter from day one,which I can'tsay for Ebron. It is supposed to be immediate need and Donald is physically and mentally ready to play from the first day.

carlton
carlton

ERIC EBRON AUTOMATIC PICK

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

Wouldn't be hard for me I would pass on a TE at 12 in a second.  I am sorry but the giants have won super bowls with middle of the road TE's and a dynamic deep ball game.  Thats what we need to get back to the Plaxico and Good Nicks days not Shockey.  Do you remember why we traded Shockey? first he was a hot head and me guy, but more in importantly he was mad because the offense slowly moved away from him and to the deep ball, because it was more successful.   People have fallin in love with the Gronks and Vernon Davis's but focusing your offense on a TEnd has not won them anything yet.  


If Mike Evan's is there I take him over Ebron.  If Kelvin Benjamin is there I take him before Ebron.  If they are not there I take Lewan if he is not there and none of the Big WR I take Zach Martin. If none are there which is unlikely I might go DT but not Aaron Donald good lord the guy is 6 feet tall no thanks.  I would go Reshad at DT. The only way I take Ebron is if they trade down into the higher teens or 20's and pick up another selection.  But the giants were successful throwing down field with a dynamic WR core not a TE.  Lets not throw the baby out with the bath water simply because we have a bad year there is a formula that has worked for Eli and the giants and its not having an Elite TE. The new offensive coordinator a rookie coordinator at that should not be dictating the entire Philosophy of the team.  We need another Elite WR more than an TE.  Right now we can guarantee that Mr. Salsa will be doubled all day. We need a dynamic WR to replace Nicks who teams will respect.  Jernigan?, Manningham? There is Cruz and the talent drops off a cliff that just not enough.   


In the second draft Troy Nicklas who looks like a better version of Boss and more athletic.  He is a great blocker and can catch the ball.  We don't need a TE in the high first round.  Cruz and WR is this offense not a TE.  

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

I agree that Ebron would be intriguing at 12, but even if he is there I would pass on him. I am of the opinion that a first round pick on a TE is too high of a pick to use, let alone a pick in the first half of the first round. From Kevin Boss to Jake Ballard to the tweener Travis Beckham (sp?) the Giants have shown an ability to get quality production from TEs taken late in the draft or signed as undrafted free agents. This year's draft is deep with TE talent. With the emergence of Davis, Gronkowski, and Graham, the TE position has become a sexy position that fans tend to overvalue the importance of. If you could guarantee me that Ebron will turn out to produce like one of the aforementioned guys, I would take him, but I am not sure that is the case. He didn't exactly put up lights out stats while at UNC, and his combine numbers don't necessarily place him head & shoulders above the competition. He ranked either 2nd or 3rd in the 40 yard dash, vertical jump, and long jump. I don't doubt that he is a first round pick, I am just not sold that he is a top 12 pick.

Another aspect to look at here is how the TE position will be utilized under the new OC. A good judge of what we will see next year is what we have seen from the Packers in recent years. Although the Packers had one of the more talented TEs in the league, Finley was utilized more as a 4th WR in the Packers' patented 4 WR set more so than he was as a traditional TE. The Packers have relied more on a pass catching RB than they have on a pass catching TE. If we were Cincinnati or New England, teams that rely on two TE sets, then I would say take Ebron. However, the Giants aren't going to be one of those teams. They are going to spread teams out more than they have in the past, they are going to mirror the Packers - for the most part - and utilize a lot of 4 WR sets. I think it is more important that Reese uses his first round pick on a playmaking WR that could be a matchup problem. That is why I still believe, and will continue to believe, that Kelvin Benjamin is the guy Reese needs to get. A TE like Troy Niklas from Notre Dame can be had in the second or third round, and he is a guy that would fit well into the new Giants' offense. Niklas is a guy who can block as a traditional TE while also being a good receiving threat. It's my opinion, no one has to agree with it, but I feel that given the new offense & his talent, Kelvin Benjamin is the perfect fit for the Giants. I think Benjamin is going to be an absolute star & I don't want to see it happen in another uniform - God forbid a Cowboys uniform - if the Giants can prevent it.

cole3244
cole3244

bpa, you can never go wrong following that strategy.

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

I think 12 might be a bit too early for Ebron, he's talented, but there's quite a few very good tight ends in this year's draft, also compared to the other top tight ends in this draft he has the highest drop percentage at 11.43%, we all know the usual suspects being talked about at 12, Lewan, Gilbert, Donald and possibly even Barr, i wouldn't draft Ebron over any of those guys.

blazintommyd
blazintommyd

If they secure a Star tight end, there is less need to zero need - especially this year - to get another top$helf wide receiver. I would have kept Nicks, but there were (as I understand) serious health issues involved. The last thing the Giants need is another round of decimation via injury. I'd Love to see them sign Mack. I like Eric Ebron, that guy has Star written all over him. The only position I see on defense is DT and on Offense OT - that is - aside from what I've already said. It's also nice that they now have an all purpose back. 

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

Ebron is good, however; with the depth at TE such as:

Austin-Seferian Jenkins, Jace Amaro and C.J Fiedorowicz. The Giants can acquire one in Rd 2 or 3 and be very happy.

singlemalt
singlemalt

There was a valid point made that the Giants like their Pass rushers Young and from the draft.

I think they go with a pass rusher at 12.  Ealy, Donald or Barr.

Yes I change this prediction everyday.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

I'm still all about Evans. But based on what we need, unless the Giants want to sure up the OL, I think Ebron is the guy. Watch the interview from above. He comes across as a very passionate and determined, good guy.

Martin London
Martin London

This is who I pick if I am Reese, although I am leery of drafting a TE at 12...


You never know who might drop from the top 10 if teams go QB crazy

Tamás Asbóth
Tamás Asbóth

@Brian Bannon Yes he dropped the ball quite often, but he made a lot of spectacular catches. So I guees he has the talent, he need to concetrate a bit more then he'll drop the ball less. He can improve in that area.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@singlemalt Donald and Barr would be great additons at #12. However; Ealy at #12 is a reach as he is slated to go late 1st , early 2nd. At this point, its hard to gauge what Reese and the Giants are going to do with their 1st 2 picks in the draft (1st and 2nd rounds). Pretty confident that they won't go CB and RB in the 1st. Other than that, its anyones guess at this point.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Martin London That's a good point regarding the possible QB frenzy that could happen. We all know that at least 3 QB's could be taken in the top 10 (Bortles, manziel and Bridgewater). Hard to imagine that Carr falls into the top 10 as well. I think at this point the top 10 picks (in no particular order will be)

QB: Bortles/Bridgewater/Manziel

DE:Clowney

OT: Robinson/Matthews

WR: Watkins, Evans

LB: Mack, Barr

Gilbert, Lewan could slip into the top 10 if teams feel they are better fits, so they are 10B and 10C

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

@Tamás AsbóthThat's kinda like Greg Little of the Browns too, he makes some insane catches but drops lots of em too

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

No thanks on Donald. 6 foot 280 pound DT in the nfl no thanks.

John Hurley
John Hurley

@jaymanjay Take a good look at this mans highlight film He ruled the week on Senior bowl Dallas and the Bears are hoping the Giants go offense.I say put it to them and pick this guy even if he was 5 feet tall his heart and football intensity