It is no secret that Gang Green is in desperate need of offensive weapons. As of late, the tight end position has been a very popular target for quarterbacks in the passing game. With the likes of Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham paving the way for the next generation of tight ends, it puts pressure on all teams to search for the perfect all-around weapon to play on the end of the line.
Kellen Winslow Jr. was a great addition to the team last season, but with a four game suspension and his nagging knees hobbling him all season; the Jets should turn to younger talent. Even though there are a few players expected to hit the open market this off-season at the tight end position, the Green and White should look towards the draft to bring in the next big tight end.
Eric Ebron is one of those players in the upcoming draft that will have many scouts buzzing around him. His 6-foot-4 frame and his above-average speed at the tight end position will help him get open often in the NFL. He has good hands, especially in traffic, which will be a good fit for a west coast offense, which the Jets run.
Ebron was able to rack up nearly 1,000 yards in his final season at North Carolina, putting himself past Vernon Davis for the most receiving yards for a tight end in a single season by an ACC player. Ebron also has set school records at North Carolina, such as most receptions and receiving yards in a season, and most receptions and yards in a career.
Some may say that the projected first round pick only had success because he played in a lower caliber conference compared to the SEC. However, there are great schools in the ACC that are very competitive, like the BCS champions Florida State. Ebron has proven that he can play against high-profile teams and be successful while doing so. In the game against the University of Miami (FL), the Hurricanes were ranked No. 10 in the nation with a defense that was the heart of the team. Ebron was able to tally 199 yards on eight catches, while getting in the end zone once on the day as his skills were on full display on national TV.
If New York chooses to draft the North Carolina native in the first round, they will be getting a very durable player, which the team has lacked in the past few seasons. Also, Ebron possesses a rare combination of size and speed with a good set of hands, which can create havoc for the covering linebackers and safeties. Ebron can be the young talent that can rise through the ranks with his potentially young quarterback, Geno Smith.