Link: Is Ebron the right fit for the Jets?

In Rich Cimini’s sunday smorgasbord for ESPN NY, he wrote about potential target for the Jets in the first round, Eric Ebron and shared some concerns a scout had about Ebron’s physicality for the NFL game.

The pre-draft speculation has focused on the Jets’ need at wide receiver, but let’s not forget, their tight-end depth chart is almost barren. Word is they’re very intrigued by North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron. Projected as a mid-first-round pick, Ebron will be linked to the Jets in plenty of mock drafts over the next 2 1/2 months. He’s the kind of pass-catching threat they need, but there are some questions. “I don’t think he’s tough enough to run down the seam and catch the ball in the middle,” an AFC personnel executive said. “Is he a great athlete? Yes. Does he have good hands? Yes. Can he catch the ball in traffic? I don’t think so.” Ebron is the kind of athlete that will wow evaluators at the combine and workouts, but teams will have to rely on game tape to determine if the toughness questions are accurate.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

One would hope that a potential first round NFL tight end would be willing to take some hits over the middle.  That said, there’s always going to be at least one concern about any given player, no matter how high or low he is taken in the draft.

Josh Norris told us on the podcast a few weeks ago that few tight ends are both excellent run blockers (physical) as well as serious receiving threats in the current NFL.  So this insight on Ebron is helpful, but never the full picture.  Do the Jets feel like Ebron is a player that has a place in their offense and is justifiable at the their given slot?  Do the Jets take the view that a tight end is actually just another receiver then it might not matter?  With the Jets emphasis on the running game, an unwillingness to take hits over the middle might be indicative of other concerns about the well-rounded nature of his game.  But it comes back to how the Jets are willing to use him and if they feel confident in coaching him up.




110 comments
metjetnet
metjetnet

(nee miketaliaferro) Whoa, Brian... You can coach up a whole lot of traits in somebody, if you're a REALLY GOOD coach & the person IS WILLING. It's merely bringing out latent traits & skills that are already there; some coaches are better or worse than others at that, with Rex being one of the best. The one thing no one can coach up is heart. Or coach out of somebody, is being gun-shy. They're reactions, deeply seated in the psyche. You'll never be able to get someone to "not flinch," or to not be "soft." (cough, cough, Steven Hill, cough, cough) Unless you're some crazed, black-box, extreme military psycho unit, perhaps, with months to re-mold someone psychologically. NFL front offices & coaches don't want that. They want plug & play young men, ready to go upon signing the contract. ESPECIALLY in the 1st Round. That's why all the hand-wringing about DM this past year. If ANY TE prospect is gun-shy, then it's caveat emptor...

charlie duck sauce
charlie duck sauce

In my honest opinion, there shouldn't be an immediate need to skirmish a pick on top receiving prospects in the first round of the draft especially if Geno doesn't improve as QB. Cumberland, Sudfeld, Nelson, Salas, even Winslow all did adequate jobs. What isn't being mentioned enough is Geno's inaccuracies as a passer during the season. An adequate QB would have suppressed the fan's need for better receivers. The receiving corps isn't as bad as people make them out to be.  That's why I have my reservations about expending money in FA or the draft for receivers when the team can improve on defense at linebacker and CB.

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

I have really grown on Evans. If he learns how to run better routes and improve his speed I think he will be the next big WR.

I also like Robinson and Mathews those are my top 3

WR > TE

a57se
a57se

Charlie Campbells' great mock draft for the Jets:

1. Eric Ebron TE

2. Gabe Jackson OG

3. Brandon Coleman WR

3. Jeremy Hill RB

4. Jimmie Ward S

Pat d
Pat d

Lee, Evans or Ebron would be a big improvement to Jets

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

"AFC personnel executive" says anonymously that he doesn't think Ebron is tough enough for the NFL. That means "he's tough enough for the NFL but our pick is lower than his current projection...."



eric88
eric88

The Jets are going to sign FA's on offense and draft defense. OLB, CB, FS.

eric88
eric88

The Jets NEVER take who they leak.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

If the Jets are linked with Ebron you'd better believe they'll go elsewhere for two reasons: 1) the required disinformation leak campaign every team does and 2) the Jets never draft a player the fans have identified  

We all love Richardson, but he was not even on most fan's radar. So let the mack draft games go on, but don't bet the farm on it. We can only hope that the Jets pick someone with half as much impact as .Sheldon. - Not hyped impact like Geno, Milliner or Winters, but the real, undeniable impact of a Rookie of the Year..

jpi22le22
jpi22le22

Why couldn't they just draft Ebron and use him as a wr . You have wr's that have damn near the same measurements . Sh$& why not draft a few of these new breed te's and use them as Wr's on the field at the same time . Cumberland split out Ebron as the slot and Alan Jenkins as the te .lol.... Why not ???

Brendan
Brendan

I'm becoming more comfortable with the idea of Ebron in the 1st if Evans/Lee are gone.  

SackDance99
SackDance99

Sounds like the Pats war room is already sending out misinformation and Cimini is more than a willing stooge....

greggreen
greggreen

id prefer a bigger body in a TE

marcus81
marcus81

in most mock drafts Ebron is the Jets most likely first pick, unless there's a big shake up in the draft, so he better work out

jpi22le22
jpi22le22

R u kidding ?? Yeah Geno had some issues with accuracy at times but to say his receivers aren't that bad is ridiculous and far from the truth . Plus any qb is gonna have accuracy problems with their wr's if they don't practice routes and timing

Pat d
Pat d

Watkins isn't in your top 3

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D

@JCuratola3 Evans is really good and there is a chance he may not be available.      I like Odell Beckham,  I feel like he is the Randall Cobb/Tavon Austin type player in this draft

a57se
a57se

@Pat d  

I think Ebron would have the least impact this coming season as he is more of a potential guy than a plug and play guy.

jdb4
jdb4

@frustjetfn  

Not that I'm breaking any news but mock drafts at this point of year are ****.  I'll wait until mid-march to care where they think a player is destined to go. After the first week of free agency the mocks start to make more sense. 

Let's say a57se gets his wish and the Jets sign Quarless, well the Ebron stuff just became garbage. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jpi22le22  Well, odds are the Jets' TE will spend quite a few snaps split out in the slot or out wide, so taking Ebron and playing him in that role would make sense. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Brendan Fans will scream, but I still think a defensive player might be the 1st round pick.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@marcus81  


It would be great to see the Jets address the offensive needs in free agency so that they can take the best players available in the draft and not have to worry about drafting based solely on needs.......Ebron is an impressive prospect but I do not particularly like the idea of drafting a TE in round 1......


Keller, Kyle Brady, and Johnny Mitchell weren't exactly great 1st round picks for the Jets

harold
harold

Very few mocks had us taking Sheldon Richardson or Quinton Coples the year before.  So I don't worry about those guys too much.

charlie duck sauce
charlie duck sauce

@jpi22le22 The receivers weren't bad. That is clearly an overstatement. With a functional, consistent QB the Jets in the second half of the season are a potential playoff team with a stout defensive line. That is not a knock on Geno, I'm a supporter and fully understand there is a leaning curve--but if the Jets invest lucratively into the draft and free agency for receivers, they need a more evolved and improved Geno or a veteran QB as a plan B. Salas showed potential when given looks, Nelson was good when thrown to not having it overthrown out of bounds, Cumberland was a productive second option behind Geno's biggest target Kerley, and Sudfeld proved he is a capable TE.

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D

@a57se @Pat d I think we should stay away from him.   Beckham is this years Randall Cobb, Tavon Austin, DeSean Jackson type player, IMO of course.    Taking him at 18 makes sense if your taking WR.   Even if its deemed a stretch bye the critics.    Its a position of need

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @jpi22le22 

I'd rather have a stud WR split out in the slot or out wide.That is what they are for.

marcus81
marcus81

@a57se @jpi22le22 a WR is the biggest need, too many 3 and out for the offense, but Jets shouldn't reach just because of need, next best receiver after the top 3 is Benjamin, but he is considered a late 1st rounder

marcus81
marcus81

@bradysucks Keller was the best TE you mentioned, but he never took to to next level, Brady was a big shock, not a bad player but Jets fans were disappointed when he was drafted, Mitchell is like a blur, can't remember much about him

SackDance99
SackDance99

@harold Rex worked Coples out, especially as an OLB, during his pro day.  Sheldon was way more of a surprise.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

Exactly....I am glad there are a lot of them saying Ebron.

Pat d
Pat d

Gotcha, yes he will be long gone. I like Lee and Evans

a57se
a57se

@Pat d  

It isn't a reach if he tops your board.....

Pat d
Pat d

Reaching for players because of need is what losing organizations do

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D

@a57se @Daniel@Pat dThat guy is the worst.  Another Bonehead is Heath Evans......cant stand that guy

a57se
a57se

@Daniel @a57se@Pat d 

The combine starts Wednesday......I just wish the NFL Network didn't feel the need to have Mike Mayock blather on and on about the same five or six guys.....

a57se
a57se

@marcus81  

and like those wildly inaccurate Mock drafts, so are player rankings.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se @SackDance99@BrendanAs long as it's not another DL.  Not that I don't think Rex will be able to use the player, I'd just like some variety after the past 3 years.

harold
harold

That was much later in the process. I was responding to mock in February.