With the NFL Free Agency period now underway, one of the more notable movements was the Atlanta Falcons cutting future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, leaving a huge void in the passing game. With the team having the sixth pick in the NFL Draft coming up, there’s a good chance they could look to plug that hole by drafting North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron.
And according to Ebron, he wouldn’t be afraid to step into the legend’s shoes.
“I wouldn’t be mad. I’ve been there a few times; it’s a great place. I would love to play for the Falcons. Julio Jones, Roddy White and Matt Ryan — I would love to play with those guys. Those are big shoes to fill, which I’m not afraid of. I can’t walk into the league expecting to be Tony G. I’m just going to compete as hard as I can as myself.”
Some might see it as a stretch to go after a tight end that early in the draft, but some analysts have Ebron most certainly being off the board within the first 10 picks, if not just a bit after. And with this now being an immediate need the Falcons have to fill, it would be a warranted move.