Should the Tennessee Titans Draft: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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Should the Tennessee Titans Draft: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Dec 28, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) and defensive end Kareem Martin (95) dump gatorade on head coach Larry Fedora in the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina defeated Cincinnati 39-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Skill-Set

Ebron has a type of skill-set that opposing defenses must respect. Ebron has a combination of speed and vertical ability that’s very difficult to defend one-on-one. He can line up at tight end, slot receiver or wide receiver. He’s a playmaker who makes yards-after-the-catch. His presence alone should put Kendall Wright and other offensive weapons in better situations.

Versatile

Ebron will line up at wide out. Ebron is the type of tight end who’s too fast for most linebackers but has too high of a catch radius for many defensive backs.

Coaching Staff
Too much knowledge? Head coach Ken Whisenhunt, offensive coordinator Jason Michael and tight ends coach Mike Mularkey all have experience with coaching tight ends. The three have a combined 14 years of coaching tight ends. Whisenhunt and Mularkey combine for 17 years of NFL playing experience at the position.

Coach Whisenhunt uses double tight-end formations. Last season, San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had 77 receptions. No. 2 tight end Ladarius Green chipped in with 17 receptions for 376 yards and three touchdowns. Compare that to Craig Stevens and Taylor Thompson, who combined for five receptions.

Zero doubt that Ebron can become an immediate contributor in the passing game. Whisenhunt’s scheme allows for productive tight ends. There are plenty of coaches from whom he can learn from.

Age

A minor note but his birthday is Apr. 10. That means that he’ll play his entire rookie season as a 21-year-old. That’s more than enough time for him to groom into the starting role.

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