Right now, many have the Green Bay Packers addressing their defense in the first round. Players like Calvin Pryor, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and even C.J. Mosley could all be drafted by the Packers at 21. Improving the defense is a must, but the Packers could very well look to upgrade their offense if players fall. One of these players is Eric Ebron, who is right now the top tight end in this year’s class.
Ebron played college football at the University of North Carolina, and he has a combination of size and speed that scouts love. He didn’t impress a ton of people at the NFL Scouting Combine, but his game tape proves that he can make an impact on the game with a single touch on the ball. Many scouts have raved about his NFL ability, but one AFC executive called Ebron completely overrated. Regardless, NFL offenses are salivating over this versatile prospect.
Jermichael Finley was a good player in his six-year career with the Packers, but it is almost completely safe to say that the Packers will not bring him back in free agency. As of now, Green Bay’s starting tight end is Andrew Quarless. While Quarless is not bad, many believe that he is not the long-term option at tight end. Even if the season started today, Ebron would be an immediate upgrade over Quarless.
Today’s NFL offenses have athletic tight ends that spread the field and create matchup-nightmares. The idea of having Ebron in an offense with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb is crazy. Green Bay’s offense in 2014 could be even better than the one in 2012, where the Packers set team records. If Ebron falls, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Packers move up to draft him. Aaron Rodgers needs a security blanket in the middle of the field, and he would make Ebron an instant stud. The fit for both sides seams extremely logical, and Ebron is a player to monitor for Packer fans as the draft nears.