The tight end position is en vogue in the NFL with Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Vernon Davis among others presenting matchup problems for opposing defenses and they could be getting a new member into the elite group of NFL tight ends in former North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron.
The 6-5, 245-pound Ebron has a chance to be a top-15 draft pick. One source told Bleacher Report’s NFL draft analyst Matt Miller that he has been called the “cleanest tight end prospect since Vernon Davis” in their meetings.
Davis was the sixth overall selection in the 2006 draft and has two seasons with 13 touchdowns on his resume. When Graham entered the draft he was a former basketball player with a limited track record on the football field and didn’t dominate while at Miami.
Gronkowski missed his junior season at Arizona with a back injury and like Graham presented significant upside, but they were not “clean” like Ebron who should be a slam dunk pick as the first tight end taken in May’s draft after a 62-catch season in which he had 972 yards and three touchdowns.