The New York Giants will enter the 2014 NFL Draft with plenty of holes that will need to be filled. Depending on how things shake up in free agency, the Giants could be depending on the draft to fill major areas of need. One area is tight end, where Brandon Myers figures to be on his way out.
This draft, the best tight end is, by far, Eric Ebron of North Carolina. Ebron is coming off of an outstanding 2013 season that saw him catch 62 passes for 973 yards and three touchdowns and emerge as one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the nation.
What sets Ebron apart is his speed. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Ebron tallied the second best 40-yard dash time among tight ends with a 4.53 time. His top-end speed is not quite elite but it is certainly well above average. Combined with his size, 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, and you have the potential for an elite athlete at a position where elite athletes are all the rage.
Defenses would be hard pressed to cover Ebron, much like they have trouble with Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham create problems for defenses. Ebron is far from a finished product as a tight end. He is not a very good blocker and will get bossed around at the line by defensive ends that are quick off the snap. He can hold his own for the most part but there will be some issues at the line from time to time.
Ebron is as close to a potential elite tight end as there is in this draft. He is excellent at catching balls over the middle on slant patterns, can shake linebackers and some safeties off with relative ease and could be a force in the red zone.
He is everything the Giants need at the tight end position. The question is, will the Giants use the twelfth overall selection on a position they have pretty much had a revolving door at with relative success in recent years. I can certainly see the Giants drafting Ebron but also addressing other, bigger needs.