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2014 NFL Draft: Eric Ebron Preseason Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On August - 12 - 2013
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Bob Donnan – USA TODAY Sports

Eric Ebron – North Carolina

Height: 6040

Weight: 245

Age when drafted: 21

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Position: TE

Collegiate Number: 85

Combine notables: N/A

Games Viewed: 2012 – Louisville, Miami, NC State, Maryland

BACKGROUND:

Eric Ebron attended Ben L. Smith High School, where he was the 8th ranked TE in the country by ESPNU. Ebron was a standout on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball in high school. As a senior he caught 28 balls for 682 yards and 10 touchdowns, while accounting for 13.5 sacks at defensive end.

Ebron selected North Carolina over the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisville, and a host of other major programs.

Ebron’s impact was felt immediately at UNC. As a freshman in 2011 he caught 10 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. However his season didn’t end on a high note as he was unable to play in the Independence Bowl due to academic issues. It was clear from day one that Ebron had NFL skills as he combines speed and athleticism with surprising in-line blocking skills.

Ebron’s breakout year would come in 2012 as a sophomore as he emerged into Bryn Renner’s favorite target. Ebron started 11 games (missed Virginia game due to illness) notching 625 yards on 40 receptions and 4 touchdowns.  Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft: Eric Ebron Preseason Scouting Report»

Next in Line: Austin Seferian-Jenkins Film Study

Posted by Brad On June - 6 - 2013

"Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Rob Gronkowski"

Are we embarking on a ‘golden age’ of NFL quarterbacks? With guys like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady passing the torch to a whole slew of promising young quarterbacks, it’s becoming clear that the already pass-happy NFL will become much more of the same well into the future.

With the increasingly up-tempo, spread out offenses comes the onset of a ‘golden age’ of the tight end position. Five tight ends led their respective teams in receptions in 2013. It’s becoming a race to find new ways to incorporate the position into the game to create mismatches with the defenses. Tight ends have been flexed out, played inline, and consumed the traditional fullback role for the offensive innovators in today’s game.

Want some proof of the importance of having not only good but more than one good tight end?

Look no further than the 2013 NFL Draft. We saw fifteen tight ends taken in the draft. 108 tight ends manned the NFL’s 53 man rosters in 2012 or almost double that of twenty years prior. The position consumed over twice as many total receptions and doubled the amount of touchdown receptions than that of twenty years ago.

The point is driven home, now it’s time to find the next in line to join in the fun. Read the rest of this entry » «Next in Line: Austin Seferian-Jenkins Film Study»

Zach Ertz Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On April - 9 - 2013
"Zach Ertz"

Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Zach Ertz – Stanford University

Height: 6050

Weight: 249

Age when drafted: 22

Hometown: Orange, CA

Position: TE

Collegiate Number: 86

Combine notables: 4.76 40, 30.5” vertical, 9’3” vertical, 24 bench reps

Games Viewed: 2012 – Notre Dame, Washington, Oregon, USC 2011 – Oklahoma St.

BACKGROUND:

Zach Ertz was a standout football and basketball player at Monte Vista High School in Danville, California.

Ertz redshirted in 2009 but came on strong in 2010 as a redshirt freshman. Ertz would play in all 13 games that season and finish with 16 receptions for 160 yards and 5 TD’s. In 2011, Ertz played second fiddle to Coby Fleener but managed to finish the season with 27 receptions, 343 yards, and 4 TD’s. Ertz missed three games that season due to a knee injury. Ertz came on strong in his junior season with 69 catches for 898 yards and 6 TD’s.

Ertz’s father played for Lehigh from 1981-1984. Read the rest of this entry » «Zach Ertz Scouting Report»

Travis Kelce Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On March - 18 - 2013
"Travis Kelce"

David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Travis Kelce – Cincinnati

Height: 6047

Weight: 255

Age when drafted: 23

Hometown: Cleveland Heights, OH

Position: TE

Collegiate Number: 18

Combine notables: Didn’t workout at Combine

Games Viewed: 2012 – Syracuse, USF, Connecticut, Duke

BACKGROUND:

Travis Kelce was a three-year letterwinner at Cleveland Heights High School at quarterback. Kelce was  two-star recruit that had offers from Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Akron, and Miami (OH). His brother, Jason, is a center for the Philadelphia Eagles.

He redshirted in 2008. Played 11 games as redshirt freshman in 2009 as a wildcat quarterback and tight end. Cincinnati coach Butch Jones suspended Kelce for the 2010 season due to a violation of team rules. After his suspension, Kelce recorded 13 receptions for 150 yards and 2 TD’s in 2011. Kelce burst onto the national scene as a senior when he grabbed 45 receptions for 722 yards and 8 TD’s. Read the rest of this entry » «Travis Kelce Scouting Report»

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