Since season’s end, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron has been the top projection to go to the New York Giants at No. 12 in the 2014 NFL Draft. However, NJ.com’s Jordan Raanan says that, believe it or not, the Giants are not as high on Ebron as many think, and he doesn’t believe Ebron to even really be a possibility when the draft kicks off on April 8.
Ebron is widely considered the draft’s best tight end, boasting a level of athleticism matched only by Vernon Davis in the NFL. His abilities as a blocker are questioned and he has a tendency to drop some easy passes, but the overall potential for the former Tar Heel has his stock through the roof, according to most experts.
The Giants could certainly use a player of Ebron’s caliber. He’s coming off a year during which he set school records at his position, catching 62 passes for 973 yards and three touchdowns. Having lost both wideout Hakeem Nicks and tight end Brandon Myers to free agency, the Giants have a lot of offense to be accounted for. As good as receivers Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle may be, quarterback Eli Manning and the G-Men could really use more offensive weapons.
Cruz voiced his concern for more offensive firepower earlier in the week, when he lobbied for the Giants to add another wide receiver in the first round to fill the void left by Nicks. At pick No. 12, top receiver Mike Evans could be long gone, but rising LSU product Odell Beckham Jr. should be there for them if they believe he’s worthy of such an early selection. Beckham was Randle’s teammate on the Tigers during his freshman year in 2011.