One of the elite talents in the 2014 NFL Draft, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron has turned a lot of heads with his stellar physical attributes. The Pittsburgh Steelers are searching for offensive playmakers, and with two tight end sets becoming increasingly commonplace in the NFL Ebron might be a good fit.
Standing at 6-foot-4, Ebron is a bit short for a tight end in the NFL. What he lacks in height, however, he more than makes up for with outstanding Vernon Davis-esque speed. Ebron runs a ridiculous 4.6 40-yard dash at 250 pounds. To put that in perspective, Rob Gronkowski runs a 4.65 40-yard dash, though Gronk is two inches taller.
Ebron isn’t a great blocking tight end, which is why he’d end up playing a lot in the slot with Heath Miller manning the traditional tight end position. He’d be partially a developmental prospect for the Steelers while contributing at the same time. While he can offer instant relief catching the ball, he’d have to learn blocking skills from the more experienced Miller.
The conditions for Ebron to end up in Pittsburgh are threefold: Taylor Lewan must be gone, Darqueze Dennard must be gone and Ebron must obviously still be available. With the top wide receivers off the board and no opportunity to take Lewan or Dennard, Ebron becomes the next best choice. Tight end isn’t a glaring need for Pittsburgh, but Ebron could possibly fill in as a slot receiver to relieve some of the pressure in that department. If developed into a great blocker, Ebron has the potential to be a great tight end for any team.
With Heath Miller to mentor him, I believe Eric Ebron could be a great player for the Steelers in the long run and also contribute immediately with his superior athleticism.