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Eric Ebron, Tight End: Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report

There are only a handful of “game-changers” at the tight end position. Jimmy Graham is obviously the first that comes to mind, then (when healthy) Rob Gronkowski, Vernon Davis, Julius Thomas, and some would even throw in Jason Witten and/or Jordan Cameron.

Former North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron has the highest potential and the best shot at being a part of the group mentioned above.

Ebron is very similar to Kansas City’s own Tony Gonzalez is terms of body shape and the way they play. The North Carolina product stands tall at 6 foot 4 inches, and weighs in at 245 pounds, whereas Tony G. stood 6 foot 5 inches tall, and weighed 247 pounds.

Combine Results -

40-Yard Dash – 4.60 seconds

Bench Press (225 lbs.) – 24 reps

Vertical Jump – 32.0 inches

Broad Jump – 120.0 inches

Arm Length – 33.25 inches

Hands – 10.0 inches 

Overall Grade (According to – 6.4

Ebron obviously had one of the best combines of any TE for quite some time, and I think it will show at the next level. Hopefully in a Kansas City Chiefs uniform.

This kid is oozing athleticism, and with his receiver-like body, UNC would often split him out wide or lined him up in the slot to take advantage of his speed and agility.  This could work well in KC. Something very similar to what Alex Smith had in San Francisco with Vernon Davis.

One thing Ebron is considered average at is blocking. Dan Kadar of says this;

“Ebron isn’t quite as behind as a blocker as some make him seem. North Carolina liked to split Ebron out wide, but he stayed in-line a fair amount. Ebron doesn’t have the functional strength to overpower defensive ends at the line of scrimmage. But he can do enough to slow his man down and moves well in space. Although he’s not always technically sound as a blocker, Ebron often his his hands inside to maintain a block.”

The Chiefs desperately need a #2 receiver, and it could be found in a position other than WR.

There are a few problems to this logic though. First of all, with Travis Kelce hopeful to return this season, along with Anthony Fasano, and Sean McGrath on the roster, the Chiefs already have pretty good depth at the TE position.

Also, Ebron is a highly sought after talent, especially since he put on a show that you don’t see to often at the combine. Some mocks have him going to the Buffalo Bills at #9, the Baltimore Ravens at #17, or the New York Jets at #18. So most likely he will be gone by the time the Chiefs are on the board.

I don’t really see Ebron sliding down to us at #23, so the only way the Chiefs could get him is to trade up which is very highly unlikely. I am very upset about this, and you can believe that I will be sitting on my couch on Draft Day, hoping and praying that he sneaks his way to us, and John Dorsey/Andy Reid do the right thing and grab this guy.

Chiefs fans: What do you think about Eric Ebron? If available at the Chiefs first round pick, would you take him over a WR like, say, Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin, etc.? Why, or Why Not?

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  • Leigh Oleszczak

    I wouldn’t be opposed to the Chiefs grabbing Ebron, but you’re right. We already have Fasano, Kelce, and McGrath. I have hopes that Kelce will be a great tight end for the Chiefs and don’t really see the point in drafting a tight end, especially not in the first round.

    As far as the first round goes, I see Kansas City selecting either a cornerback, safety, or wide receiver.

    • Austin New

      Kelce has been referred to as “Gronk-like”, so I am excited to see him healthy. It should be good. That is the main reason for me, why I think the Chiefs won’t draft Ebron. My second choice for the Chiefs to draft with their number one would be Calvin Pryor.

    • Josh Michaels

      Agreed, Leigh

  • Josh Landers

    Ebron would be great with the depth at receiver. With that said, he probably won’t be available. Amaro is another option if we were to go that route. I think I would like to see Pryor in round 1 though. My other choices would be cooks, first of all, and then Matthews or Robinson. If we draft kelvin Benjamin in round 1 I will do the unthinkable and wear opposing afc west jerseys for a week in protest. GO CHIEFS!!!

    • Austin New

      Yeah if Ebron is gone, which is pretty much what’s going to happen, then I would prefer Pryor or Cooks over Amaro. Also hoping that if Ebron is gone Mike Evans slips down to us. Also doubtful.

  • Stan Colbert

    How bout this for a dream? Kelse on a 15 yd. post, Ebron on a 10yd. drag, Bowe on a 5yd slant, and JC in the flat. OMG!

    • Austin New

      We can only dream! Ha. That would be fantastic. And most defenses wouldn’t even know how to defend it.

      • Stan Colbert

        You would have to pass rush like the ’85 Bears and take a PI should AS11 get a pass off!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I’d only take him if Pryor, Clinton-Dix, Cooks, Beckham, and Tuitt are all gone by 23.
    And even then, I might trade down first.

  • Abdur Rahman

    He won’t be there when we pick. If he is, we should take him. Call me crazy. I love ASJ. He should be available and I see him being a receiver that Alex Smith will be able to connect with. Smith hates throwing the ball outside. Bowe’s numbers were not so hot and he was the #1 receiver on the team. Kelce is coming off injury. McGrath was not a consistent receiving threat. Fasano was the most consistent and his numbers sucked. We need a tight end. In the modern game, everybody copies New England. You line up two tight ends and throw the ball. Alex Smith is not a wide receiver’s QB, so we waste time drafting a position #1 when the ball does not go down the sidelines with our present QB. Plus there is so much depth at WR this draft, we will still be able to get a good one at three. I don’t like drafting safeties #1. I didn’t like it when we too EB and this would be doubling down. A good big man goes always before a good small man and pryor is just another small man.