CBS has a mock draft out as of today and when it comes to Eric Ebron you should be starting to spread the news, since according to both Rob Rang and Dane Brugler the North Carolina offensive juggernaut is headed to the Big Apple, or better said, to teams that say New York but play just a bit south of it. Of course, depending on which of the two analysts you believe a different team will emerge.
Rang sees the tight end going to the New York Jets, who would be the 18th overall pick, with the thought here is that he could be the security blanket for Geno Smith in 2014. I could see this making sense, just unsure if the team is going to go for a tight end in the first round. Furthermore Gang Green needs to bolster its wide receiving core, but that could be done through free agency, in order for Ebron to be effective there.
Brugler places the young man, who decided to head to the National Football League a year early, with the New York Giants, which would be the 12th pick of the draft. With all probabilities another former Tar Heel, Hakeem Nicks, will be leaving Big Blue and to have someone like Ebron to supplement the aerial attack would definitely benefit Eli Manning. With Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle there already it someone like Ebron would easily fit into the schemes. I just have to wonder if the Giants do not have bigger holes to fill before focusing on a tight end.
There is still plenty of time before the franchises assemble in NYC and make their selections, and I am sure the stocks of many players will fluctuate from now until then, making where Eric Ebron goes still very unclear at this time. One thing is sure though, that both analyst see Ebron as a top player, with Rang only having two wide outs (Sammy Watkins & Mike Evans) before him go in the draft, while Brugler only one (Sammy Watkins).
To be noted, in this mock draft only four, including Ebron, players out of the ACC would be going in the first round. Depending on which analyst you look at either one or two Notre Dame players would also be going in the first day of the draft. And both Rang and Brugler have Teddy Bridgewater, from Louisville which is joining the ACC, going first and Jadeveon Clowney, out of South Carolina which the Tar Heels played this season, second.
In the end what does this mean for the former Tar Heel which will be playing on Sundays come next season? That without a doubt, barring any major problems like an injury from now til the draft, he is definitely a first rounder. Where he will end up? I still see him just past middle of the first round, so if I had to guess I would be more inclined to go with Rant’s theory of 18th overall. The one thing I find it hard to believe is that a defensive minded coach like Rex Ryan would take a tight end in the first round. However be it the Jets, or someone other franchise, look to see Eric Ebron gone in those high teens to low 20′s picks.
This year North Carolina gave the National Football League running back Giovani Bernard as a rookie to watch out for. If Eric Ebron plays to his potential in the NFL next year he could be the second rookie from Chapel Hill in a row to make coaches, analysts, fans and fantasy owners turn their heads to watch his skills.