Ebron Not Lacking Confidence

INDIANAPOLIS – Eric Ebron is regarded by many as the top tight end in the NFL draft.

He is being pegged as a possible top-15 pick.

Ebron isn't sure what will happen in May, but he certainly doesn't lack confidence in his abilities.

"In my mind, am I the top tight end? I don't know," Ebron said this week while participating at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. "But should the draft play out that way? In my mind, yeah, it should.

"I'm very fast and very different. I play the tight end role like no one else. The things I need to work on are everything. Everything will help me be, hopefully and eventually, an elite tight end in the NFL."

Ebron, 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, has excellent pass-catching skills. But his blocking skills remain somewhat suspect, according to his critics.

"Every team wants a complete tight end, an all-purpose tight end, not one that can just run down the seam and catch passes," Ebron said.

"They want a guy that can block, too. I tell them that I've been working hard on it, which I have, and that I'm not bad at it, which everyone thinks, but we'll see.

"Of course, I'm going to run into adversity. Of course, I'm going to run into guys that are better than me, but I can handle myself in those situations."

In addition to Ebron, Texas Tech's Jace Amaro, Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Notre Dame's Troy Niklas and Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz round out the top five tight end prospects.

"There's a lot of great tight ends," Ebron said. "I watch every tight end. I know about every tight end, what they do, what they're good at. That's what helps push yourself above everybody else. Like I said, hopefully I'm the first one off the board, but you never know what teams think.

"I just do different things than other tight ends do. If you watch film, you'd probably say the same thing. I think why teams don't press me is because they can't. I will not be pressed at the line. That's just my state of mind."

Former North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner, who also is at the combine, believes Ebron has the makeup to be an outstanding tight end in the NFL.

Ebron elected to bypass his senior season to enter the draft.

"He's gifted with the body of a linebacker," Renner said. "He can go across the middle and catch it and he can block you and get under your chin. He's very physical.

"He doesn't get enough credit for how physical because we didn't put him in the box with his hand down a lot."

Even at 250 pounds, Ebron insists he is "fast and powerful." He will run the 40-yard dash Saturday and is gunning to beat former teammate Giovani Bernard's 40 time of 4.53, which he ran a year ago at the combine.

"I'm going to run a faster 40 than he did, just put it like that," Ebron said, smiling.

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