The 2014 NFL Draft is inching closer, and with each day comes new information and evaluation that helps teams make their decisions throughout the three-day process. The Pittsburgh Steelers have the 15th selection in the first round of the draft and scenarios abound in regards to what the team is going to do with that pick.
It has been stated by several sources that the Steelers would like to target a cornerback or a wide receiver with that 15th pick, but the team needs to make sure that the right player is available.
Mike Evans out of Texas A&M will be off the board well before the Steelers select, and it’s looking like Darqueze Dennard from Michigan State will also be gone. The idea of trading back into the draft is certainly enticing, but finding a team that wants to give up draft picks with such a deep draft could be nearly impossible.
Some experts have the team looking at an offensive tackle, while others have them looking at a defensive end or nose tackle. A large part of the Steelers’ fanbase wants them to select a cornerback, but with there being quality cornerbacks throughout the first three rounds, it is a position that could wait.
However, they can answer a huge question on offense by looking no further than former North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron.
Ebron gives the Steelers the big target they’ve been searching for as he stands 6-foot-4, 250-pounds. He has great hands and the speed to get off the line of scrimmage and stretch the interior of a defense. At the 2014 combine, Ebron ran a 4.60 second 40-yard dash and is the top ranked tight end in this year’s draft class.
On top of his physical attributes, he would be a great complement to Heath Miller and a threat in two tight end sets for the Steelers. The NFL is a copycat league, and when most teams are employing a tight end as a wideout, it is only a matter of time before the Steelers start doing the same. Ebron would fill that role and then some.
The Steelers have several tight ends on their roster, but Ebron would be second on the depth chart from day one behind Miller and ahead of Matt Spaeth.
By selecting Ebron with the 15th overall pick, not only would Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense be getting a large red zone target, but they would also be getting that flex tight end to give opposing defenses fits.