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2014 NFL Draft: Could a Tight End be selected in the Top 10?

Eric Ebron is headed to where?
Eric Ebron is headed to where?
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Tight end Eric Ebron set school records for single-season receptions by catching 62 passes. He also set records for receiving yards (973), career receptions (112), and career receiving yards (1,805) for North Carolina in 2013.

2014 NFL Draft experts have him going to a number of teams including the New York Jets, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and as early as number nine overall to the Buffalo Bills. All four of these teams could use a dynamic pass catching tight end especially with the trend of athletic pass-catchers at the position.

There's no doubt Ebron will be selected in the first round, but due to the dynamic of the position, could a TE actually be selected in the Top 10?

According to, Ebron has a number of strengths: "Releases cleanly and accelerates into patterns. Outstanding athletic ability and receiving skills. Threatens every level. Advanced route runner. Pierces the seam and is a mismatch vs. man coverage -- regularly bested defensive backs. Terrific quickness, agility, balance and body control. Catches cleanly off his frame. Makes one-handed grabs look routine. Wide catching radius. Catches on the move and has an extra gear to pile up yards. Excellent production. Will be a 21-year-old rookie." isn't the only outlet that has Ebron listed as one of the top players in the 2014 NFL Draft. Mel Kiper has the playmaker being selected by the Giants.

"Here's a case where you can accuse me of projecting a team to take the same player I would if it was my decision. Ebron is a potential difference-maker for the next stage of Eli Manning's career, a big target in the passing game who can create constant matchup problems with his size and quickness underneath, and down the field with his speed and catch radius (again, size). The Giants have had four different tight ends catch the most passes at that position over the past four years. They could use a really good one."

While the Buffalo Bills could use an additional weapon for EJ Manuel to throw to it's hard to believe they wouldn't select OT Jake Matthews if he was there. This would most likely drop Ebron out of the top ten, but odds are he won't be there much longer.

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