John Fennelly, Lead WriterNorth Carolina’s Eric Ebron, who is expected to be the first TE taken in the draft, had his pro day yesterday. Ebron appeared in good shape and produced as advertised. Several dropped passes tried put a damper on the day, but they should have no effect his draft status.
From Mike Huguenin of NFL.com:
Ebron weighed in at 253 pounds, three more than at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine. He stood on his combine 40 time of 4.60 seconds. Ebron, who is 6-foot-4, frequently has said his size/speed combination “should be illegal.” The always-upbeat Ebron said “everything went great” after his workout and called his drops “no biggie.” Ebron — who never will be described as media-shy — also lauded his blocking ability, saying that scouts who think he is lax in that area have not been “watching the right tape.”
TE is a major need for the Giants, especially with Ben McAdoo looking to feature the TE in the Giants’ new offense. They currently have two unproven players (Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell) and a veteran backup (Daniel Fells) on the roster. GM Jerry Reese said yesterday the Giants will be looking in both free agency and the draft.
“[Tight end] still might present itself to us,” Reese said. “If there is somebody available, we’ll look at it and if something happens in the draft, we’ll look at that way as well. There is a long way to go.” (Star-Ledger)
Paul Schwartz of the NY Post writes this morning that the Giants have filled many of their glaring needs via free agency and are essentially planning to fill a few more via the upcoming draft. Paul also calls the signing of RB Rashad Jennings the Giants’ top move this offseason…
With only about $4 million left under the cap, the Giants are essentially finished with free agency, other than some roster bottom-feeding. Their accumulation of players followed an aggressive script, yet they are often quick to sneer at teams that make the headlines in March. Massing players in free agency, Mara acknowledged, “doesn’t always work out,’’ but it was the path the Giants felt they needed to travel.
The Star-Ledger’s Jordan Raanan was at the league meetings in Orlando and spoke to several AFC coaches about several of their former players that were signed by the Giants in free agency this month. (NJ.com)