2014 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Lions
A crowded, top-heavy class of tight end prospects may be highlighted by this standout from the University of North Carolina. Ebron finished the 2013 season as one of the few highly productive TEs.
More than enough athleticism to challenge defenses all over the field. He is a touch thin and could afford to add some bulk, especially in regards to his in-line blocking ability. Keeps his eyes on the ball and shows no fear over the middle. Light frame can be pushed around by some stronger players, but this balanced by his burst and agility which he can use to gain separation. Very good hands. Focus falters at times and will drop an easy one. Can make difficult catches in high traffic. Knack for finding soft spots in zones. Quickly looks to get upfield after securing the catch. Catches the ball at its highest point.
Blocking will need work, but he has the core athleticism where it shouldn't be an issue long-term. Can hit the second-level and move defenders around since he has some forward momentum.
Ebron projects as a first round pick, likely the Top 15, in the 2014 NFL Draft.
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Van Noy put in a lot of great work with the Cougars. While lacking a bit athletically, he has a great feel for the game and excellent read/reaction skills. Van Noy can quickly diagnose and get an early jump on plays to disrupt the flow of an offense.
Van Noy ran a 4.71 at the Combine, but he is pro-ready and a safe choice. Overcame injuries late in his senior season to lead BYU on defense. Excellent technique. Dependable gap discipline and fundamentals. Always seems to be in the right position. Very good in coverage. Plays well downhill. Can take on blockers with relative ease. Not a big hitter, nor a pass rusher. Defenses tended to run away from him as a senior.
Sufficient range against the run. Good first step. Smooth movements with very little wasted motion in coverage. Can tackle guys dependably in the open field. Good closing burst to bring down ball-carriers.
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The middle round prospect excels at anchoring down when in pass protection and having enough strength to move defenders when run blocking. Swanson isn't the top center in this draft class, but he isn't that far off.
Limited lateral quickness. Best when he can snap forward and take on a defender one-on-one. Very good ability to make the correct line calls. Finishes plays hard. Gets under his opponent's skin and plays at a relentless pace. Makes good adjustments against twists and stunts. Adequate athleticism when asked to pull. Average jump at the snap. Sometimes will jump after snap flat-footed. Must learn to keep feet more active.
Below-average knee bend. Must remember to stay under his opponents and better use leverage. Too often speed by fast defenders and will get beat by quick double moves. Average hands and doesn't keep them active when getting beat. Gets after guys at the second level when he can get his hands on them. Below average movement skills to stay with defenders beyond the line. Looks to take guys to the ground.
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