With the lack of attention the New York Giants have given to the weapons (or lack thereof) surrounding Eli Manning, all signs seem to be pointing to New York selecting a wide receiver or tight end with their No. 12 overall draft pick.
As of right now, the only tight ends the Giants have on their roster are Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell. It’s a little tough to imagine New York heading into the season with one of these two as their starter. Both players have the potential to be quality NFL players but neither has enough experience to log major minutes at this point.
Among the tight ends available in this year’s draft class, North Carolina‘s Eric Ebron seems to sit atop almost everyone’s list. In his sophomore and junior seasons, Ebron caught a total of 102 passes for 1,598 yards and seven touchdowns. As a junior, Ebron was voted to the First Team All-ACC.
Ebron impressed at the combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, recording 24 reps on the bench press of 225 pounds and adding a 32-inch vertical leap on top of it. He is a physical specimen and showed that he has the strength and body to compete on the NFL stage.
Ebron’s pro day was another story. While he did do some nice things, he dropped a few passes, which became the major storyline.
The consensus on Ebron is that he is a playmaker in the passing game and a could be a great receiving threat. However, there are concerns about Ebron’s blocking, which as the Giants learned last season, can really hamper an offense. Yes, New York desperately needs another reliable target for Manning, but is it more important than keeping him in the pocket and upright?