Rant Sports 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Buffalo Bills Select Eric Ebron at No. 9

By Chris Ross
Eric Ebron 2014 NFL Mock Draft
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With the No. 9 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select Eric Ebron, tight end, North Carolina.

In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Bills shocked the world by making E.J. Manuel the only quarterback to be selected in the first round. This year, the Bills need to go out and surround their young franchise quarterback with more talent in order to truly utilize Manuel’s potential. That’s where Eric Ebron comes in.

Despite bringing back Scott Chandler this offseason, the Bills offense still lacks a playmaker at the position. Ebron, a 6-foot-4, 250 pound athletic monster, combines his prototypical size, with playmaking ability that is reminiscent of Jimmy Graham.

That said, like every prospect, Ebron has his flaws. Ebron’s biggest flaw, his lack of aggression, is something that can be fixed. And although there are legitimate concerns that Ebron doesn’t have the ability, or motivation to be an effective blocker, those are both things that can be corrected with better coaching at the next level.

Overall, the decision to select Eric Ebron is an easy one for the Bills. It’s time for the team to move on from Chandler, and by picking up Ebron at No. 9 overall, the Bills can do just that. Ebron gives E.J. Manuel the type of playmaking target that he didn’t have in his rookie season, and as a result, by picking up Ebron here, the Bills are not only helping out in Manuel’s development, but also improving improving the offense in general.

Chris Ross is an NFL Draft writer at RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter, @DraftScout_NFL,”Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google


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