Nov 24, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) scores a touchdown as Maryland Terrapins defensive back Matt Robinson (40) defends in the first quarter at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Draft Profiles: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina


The Detroit Lions have some decisions to make at tight end with a new staff in place. First year offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi uses tight ends heavily in his offense and with Brandon Pettigrew’s future with the Lions uncertain, the Lions could be in the market for a new tight end. One draft option is Eric Ebron.

Combine Measurables: 6’4, 250 lbs, 4.60 sec 40-yard dash, 32 inch vertical, 24 bench press reps

Traits and Projected Round

Listed at 6’4 and 250 lbs, Ebron is a big tight end who specializes in making plays down the field. Sporting a 4.60 forty time and 24 reps in bench press at the combine, Ebron has the ideal blend of size, speed and strength for today’s NFL tight ends. The only real weakness in his game is his alarming drop rate of 11.43%. That is just about equal to Pettigrew’s career drop rate, but Ebron is far more dynamic with the ball in his hands.

Ebron is a sure fire-first round selection and shouldn’t fall outside of the top 15 picks.

Why The Lions Could Draft Eric Ebron

If Brandon Pettigrew isn’t re-signed  there won’t be a proven tight end on the roster. Despite his inconsistencies, Pettigrew has been a security blanket across the middle of the field for Matthew Stafford. In an innovative offense that Lombardi is expected to run, an athletic tight end that can stretch the field could really open up the offense.

Ebron has solidified his status as the top tight end in the draft, but that doesn’t mean the Lions would be wise to draft him at 10. With such a deep draft class the Lions have options, and taking a tight end on day two could give the team more bang for their buck, especially if Austin Seferian-Jenkins is still on the board. The Lions may even be able to trade back a few spots in the draft and take Ebron while acquiring more picks.

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