Report: TE Eric Ebron Thinks The Lions Will Draft Him If He Falls That Far

There are quite a few fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers hoping that North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron is the player chosen with the 15th overall selection next month in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but there’s no guarantee that he will last that long. In fact, Ebron thinks there’s a team that picks before the Steelers do in round one that won’t let him get past them.

In his latest Monday Morning Quarterback segment, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports that Ebron told a team he recently visited with that he thought the Detroit Lions would pick him if still on the board come time for them to make their selection.

This is a very bold statement by Ebron when you consider that the Lions just re-signed tight end tight end Brandon Pettigrew to a four-year, $16 million contract last month. Detroit has other needs that one would think they would want to address in round one, so selecting Ebron would seem to be a luxury at this point.

Ebron never seems to be at a loss for words when he talks to the media as he is one confident individual. While many consider him to be the top tight end in this year’s draft class, he failed to impress at his Pro Day last month, according to several reports.

When you look at the current first-round draft order, the Buffalo Bills stick out most as a team that could consider selecting Ebron with the ninth overall selection. Should they bypass him, however, there’s a good chance he’ll still be on the board by the time the Steelers are on the clock with the 15th overall selection.

Recent drafts have not been kind to the tight end position, however, as Vernon Davis was the last one to be drafted inside the first 19 picks when the San Francisco 49ers made him the sixth overall selection way back in 2006.

While several draftniks compare Ebron to Davis, it would be surprising if he’s drafted as high as the Maryland product was. We still have more than two weeks to go until we find out where Ebron will play in 2014, but like King, I’m willing to bet it won’t be in Detroit.

  • srdan

    I don’t think he is making it beyond the Bills. But i think he is wrong on the Lions. I think htey would be kicking themselves for signing pettigrew if Ebron happened to be there, but they are committed at this point.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Well it is the Detroit Lions we are talking about. Caldwell himself enjoyed having two tight ends at Baltimore so in a perception, he might be into something.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    There is value in having 2 really good TEs. See how NE used them. Him getting taken by the Lions would be awesome IMO. It moves someone we really could want like Gilbert or Dennard or Evans into that next group of 10 picks. The more QBs and marginal guys taken in the first 10 picks the better if you look at us as wanting someone to fall. No QBs taken is better if you want to trade down.

  • Go ahead, throw your draft away. They need to take an offensive lineman.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    And a CB.

  • Bradys_Dad

    I’d be MUCH happier to get Arthur Lynch out of Georgia in Rd 2 (if he lasts that long)

  • steelster

    Lynch is a 4th round prospect.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    With TEs becoming more and more important in the NFL I would be both shocked and extactic if he fell to the 15th slot

  • steelster

    Ebron really doesn’t have good hands with a 11 percent drop rate and isn’t a willing blocker. He only had 8 career td’s. He seems overated and I think the steelers can do better than him with the first pick.

  • Jeff

    I don’t see it, but I wouldn’t mind him going to Detroit at 10. That would just increase the talent pool that the Steelers will pick from at 15. I like Ebron, but less and less, and I’m not really sure why. I think it’s because I keep hearing his athleticism is extremely similar to Vernon Davis’, but if you look at combine numbers there’s not much of a comparison. VD ran a 4.38, had a 42 inch vertical, and put up 33 reps. Ebron ran a 4.6, 34 inch vertical, and 24 reps.
    I know combine numbers don’t even come close to telling the whole story on most of these guys, and Ebron may end up being a very good tight end, but just not my guy. I’m usually overly optimistic, but I just don’t want this guy at all.

  • Jeff

    Assuming a situation where a few of the guys they are eyeing at 15 are gone, I’d still rather have Kelvin Benjamin over Ebron.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    I don’t care about anything you just said. You can say the same things about V. Davis and he makes plays big plays.