The Best #85 in the NFL: Eric Ebron

Eric Ebron | Detroit Lions| Tight End

Ebron was the first TE selected in the 2014 NFL draft.

Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 253

Date of Birth: 4/10/1993 (24)

Hometown: Newark, New Jersey

College: North Carolina

Draft: 2014, Round 1, Pick 10

Contract: 4 years, $12.25 million, through 2018 (club option)


Eric Ebron has been slowly developing into an every down receiving tight end for the Detroit Lions. His reception totals and yardage have increased each year he’s been in the league, though his touchdown numbers dipped to a disappointing 1 in 2016. We’ve seen flashes of brilliance from the 2014, 10th overall pick, but to this point we’re still waiting for him to emerge as pass catching talent he was drafted to be.

The reasons Ebron is on the list over Eifert and Gates are simple. 1) Eifert can’t stay on the field, and 2) Gates is 36 and his replacement Hunter Henry is already seeing a ton of playing time. Ebron is a talent. He has all of the physical skills in the world, they just need to be further tuned to the NFL game. I’m more comfortable saying this can be his breakout year, than I am with saying Eifert playing eight games, or saying Gates will continue to be an ageless wonder.

With the continued emergence of Matt Stafford as a high level quarterback, Ebron will certainly put up numbers, and should only continue to improve his game. I imagine Ebron will break 900 yards receiving this season, and his touchdown numbers should easily improve over last year.


Awards and Accolades:

1x Second-team AP All-American (2013)


Honorable Mentions: Tyler Eifert, Antonio Gates

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