Smooth, fluid, and a great athlete overall at tight end. Has deceptively excellent speed, runs efficient routes, catches the ball in stride, and accelerates impressively downfield. A big-play tight end, both in receiving ability and in deep-play potential. Has ideal raw size and the athleticism to be a star.
Still needs to add more tools as a blocker, especially in terms of effort, technique, and physical bulk. While fluid and fast, he doesn't regularly show explosive quickness. Has the tools to be more physical with opponents in general.
Tight end with star tools.
Movements & Injuries
Signed by the Detroit Lions to a four-year contract.
Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1st round (10th Overall) in 2014.
Detroit rookie tight end Eric Ebron arrived with a lot of hype, but the production isn't there yet. | 09/16/2014 3:49 PM
Detroit rookie tight end Eric Ebron arrived with a lot of hype, but the production isn't there yet.
The Lions have a number of options in front of Ebron, namely Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate along with Joique Bell and Reggie Bush out of the backfield and Ebron has just seven targets, three catches and 38 yards. Ebron should only be owned in keeper leagues.
Detroit rookie tight end Eric Ebron has been learning more than just the one position and recently told the Ross Tucker Football Podcast he expected to line up in the slot half the time. | 07/01/2014 10:45 AM
Detroit rookie tight end Eric Ebron has been learning more than just the one position and recently told the Ross Tucker Football Podcast he expected to line up in the slot half the time.
The Lions have a number of options in front of Ebron, namely Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Brandon Pettigrew and Reggie Bush out of the backfield, so we don't believe he'll be a viable fantasy option this season, but in 2015-16 he certainly should be.
Ebron struggling to learn multiple positions | 07/01/2014 10:29 AM
Lions first-round TE Eric Ebron said learning multiple positions is "what's killing me."
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"I'm used to either learning the Y or learning the A, which we had at North Carolina. But now it's the Y, the F, the Z," Ebron continued. "It's really hard, but I'm not going to say I'm not enjoying it or not having fun doing it because I know the more I learn the faster I'm able to play, the faster I'm able to produce." Ebron went on to say he expects to line up in the slot on 50 percent of his snaps as a rookie, with the other 50 percent coming as an inline blocker and out of the backfield. We don't expect TE1 production from Ebron until 2015.
Eric Ebron running with Lions 2nd-team O | 06/19/2014 10:43 PM
No. 10 overall pick Eric Ebron spent most of spring practices running with the Lions' second-team offense.
Ebron "struggled with drops" in OTAs, but finished minicamp with a bang. "He's super athletic and can get in and out of cuts," Matthew Stafford said. "He's raw, he's young, he's got to learn the NFL game like every rookie does. But there's definitely flashes of big-time talent." Ebron won't make much re-draft noise as a 21-year-old rookie, but his long-term ceiling is through the roof.
Lions ink rookie Eric Ebron | 06/13/2014 1:33 PM
Lions signed No. 10 overall pick Eric Ebron to a four-year contract with a club option for 2015.
Only 21 years old -- he just turned in April -- Ebron is unlikely to offer consistent re-draft fantasy value as a rookie, but has the potential to become a top-five TE1 by year two or three. His skill set is similar to Vernon Davis' as a pass catcher, and Ebron is joining an offense now overseen by ex-Saints assistant Joe Lombardi, who learned a thing or two about tight end employment working with Sean Payton. If you were in a Dynasty draft and got Ebron any later than the sixth overall rookie pick, give yourself an early back-pat.
Lions to use Ebron in Jimmy Graham-like role | 05/08/2014 11:20 PM
Lions OC Joe Lombardi plans to utilize No. 10 overall pick Eric Ebron in a Jimmy Graham-like role.
Lombardi is a former assistant on Sean Payton's staff with the Saints. "There are some things that we did with Jimmy in New Orleans that we will be able to do with Eric and maybe some things we can do with Eric that we didn't do with Jimmy," Lombardi said. "They are both unique but (Ebron) is going to have a pretty big role in what we plan on doing." Brandon Pettigrew will be the Lions' in-line tight end. Ebron will be a rocked-up wideout in the "move" role.
Lions add another weapon, take TE Eric Ebron | 05/08/2014 9:13 PM
Lions selected North Carolina TE Eric Ebron with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Ebron (6-foot-4 3/8, 250) became a starter as a 19-year-old true sophomore for the Heels, going on to catch 112 career passes for 1,805 yards (16.1 YPR) and eight touchdowns. We'd prefer better red-zone production, but Ebron's upside is arguably on Vernon Davis' level with 33 1/4-inch arms, 4.6-flat jets and a 10-foot broad jump. Ebron projects as a seam-stretching, playmaking "move" tight end with future fantasy TE1 potential (though not in 2014). The Lions, who re-signed Brandon Pettigrew for four years and $16 million in March, are officially a two-TE team, and loading up on weapons for Matthew Stafford after getting caught short the past two seasons.