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Why the Giants should draft TE Eric Ebron

by Christian Pierre-Louis | Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014
If available, should the Giants draft North Carolina TE Eric Ebron? (Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

If available, should the Giants draft North Carolina TE Eric Ebron? (Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Based on the buzz circling in NFL debates, the next great tight end in the league could be North Carolina’s Eric Ebron. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior is a long, basketball-like athlete with size, speed and agility to devastate defenders on the professional level. He is too fast and explosive for most linebackers to shadow down the seam, but is too big and physical for safeties and nickel corners to hold up in coverage. With such a decided advantage against defenders, Ebron offers offensive coordinators an intriguing option to use to create mismatches in space.

If the Giants don’t draft the North Carolina product, Eric Ebron, they will be making a mistake that could come back to haunt them in years to come.

The last time a tight end was picked up in the first 15 picks of the draft was 2006, when the San Francisco 49ers took a chance on a guy by the name of Vernon Davis with the sixth selection. Eight seasons, 5,801 receiving yards and 60 receiving touchdowns later, playoffs included, it looks like that pick has paid off for San Francisco.

Like the 49ers, the G-Men should go the unconventional route May 8th and take Ebron, because he is a potential game-changing player at a position they desperately need.

With the addition of new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo (former Packers QB coach), the team will likely run more of a west-coast offense and the TE position is a vital piece in that offensive system (i.e. Jermichael Finley). Just like Davis and Finley, Ebron has the ability to occupy the middle of the field and split the safeties and allow the receivers on the outside to have more space.

With the team’s lack of aggression for a TE in free agency, it was quite clear that they were going to address that need in the upcoming draft. They released TE Brandon Myers out of his contract after his subpar year in New York (47 receptions, 522 yards, 4 TDs).

Ebron will simply be a matchup nightmare in the NFL. Along with his athleticism, he has good hands and is already a strong route-runner, a rare trait for a player with Ebron’s ability.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning should find him to be a big, reliable target on third down and in the red zone, two areas where Big Blue struggled tremendously in 2013.

New York was an awful 30th in both red-zone touchdown scoring percentage and third-down conversion percentage last season.

Something that the big TE could improve on next season.

Ebron will likely have some struggles in his first year like any other rookie, but he is a plug-in starter and someone who will help the Giants once again become a top-10 offensive team.

Best of all, he’ll stop the revolving door that the tight end position has become for New York since Kevin Boss left via free agency after the 2010 season.

Ebron will provide all the attributes that have been lacking at the TE position for some time now; as well as plenty of highlight plays to keep Giants fans salivating for more.

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