It has become painfully obvious that the Falcons must find a tight end to replace the great Tony Gonzalez; he provided Matt Ryan with a security blanket to throw to on third down and was a dependable blocker in the running game. This draft class has plenty of talent at the position and if the Falcons play their cards right they potentially could find a young security blanket for Ryan.
Here are my top 10 tight ends post scouting combine:
There is no denying it; Eric Ebron is going to be a special player. At 6’4’’ 260 lbs he clocked a 4.6 at the 40 yard dash and he did 24 reps on the bench press. During the combine drills he showed burst and strength and validated his claim that his combination of size and speed should be fun to watch at the next level. Ebron still has room to grow as a blocker but with time and proper coaching he should master blocking within a season or two. However, Ebron is not going to last past the middle of the first round and I still believe that the Falcons needs along the offensive and defensive lines are two great to draft him with their first round choice but if Thomas Dimitroff and company decide to pull the trigger and draft Ebron there is no denying that he is going to become a star in the NFL.
In order to fully appreciate Jace Amaro one must see his college tape; he caught over 100 passes for over 1300 yards. At 6’6’’ 265 he has excellent height and range to grab jump balls and catch passes over the middle. One thing that sorely sticks out on tape is his lack of blocking ability and although that can be taught at this stage of his career Amaro is nothing more than a slot receiver, albeit a prolific one. Amaro could have made the case for being the first ranked tight end with a strong combine, however, he ran a 4.74 40 which was slow for a move tight end but Amaro did 28 reps on the bench press which was impressive. At this stage Amaro is a late first round prospect but if he drops to the second round I would not be surprised if the Falcons drafted him.