Eric Ebron - TE - Player
An anonymous AFC executive wonders if North Carolina TE Eric Ebron is tough enough to catch the ball over the middle.
"I don't think he's tough enough to run down the seam and catch the ball in the middle," the executive said. "Is he a great athlete? Yes. Does he have good hands? Yes. Can he catch the ball in traffic? I don't think so." Ebron is viewed as the top tight end in the 2014 draft and is expected to be a mid-to-late first-round pick. He's been compared to Vernon Davis.
"AFC executive" trying to diminish Ebron's value, happens every year. Nothing from his games shows me Ebron will shy from catching over the middle, this is pure nonsense.
Not sweating Ebron though, I would be just fine with a guy like Fiedorowicz or Niklas in the 3rd or 4th round though. Jets will go BPA so TE might not be what they're looking for in the first.
Fiedorowicz is a man among boys when it comes to blocking, he dominates most one on ones and looks like he relishes his job. Jenkins looks lost at times when he's not involved, very disconcerting.
Troy Niklas - TE - Fighting Irish
ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Notre Dame's Troy Niklas can challenge for the No. 2 TE spot in the 2014 class.
"Niklas has solidified his status as a potential first-round pick and even a potential challenger to be the second tight end taken," Kiper writes. "His blocking ability is ahead of Ebron's and Amaro's, but I think he's athletic enough to be split out or work in the slot consistently." Niklas currently sits as Kiper's No. 3 tight end. He was asked to frequently stay in as a pass protector, but Niklas can be freed as a receiver at the next level.
The next tier that I'm looking at is Crockett (vice baby!) Gilmore and jordan Najvar... i like their ceilings alot more.
I'm an ASJ guy. I remember after his first game at Washington I posted "Pardis is gonna love this guy, 6'7" TE..." I see people calling him slow, but I've always felt that his movement for a guy his size was great. I think he'll run faster than some people on here are expecting, probably somewhere in the 4.7s.
Logan Thomas was the #1 rated TE of high school school class. In comparison, ASJ and Amaro were #2 and #3 respectively of theirs. Thomas went to VA Tech to play TE/WR and at some point was volun"told" into switching positions. The fact that he had to be approached about the change to QB is significant because usually you hear the reverse. A lot of times it's guys refusing to play anything but QB to the detriment of their NFL careers (see Tim Tebow). Even after the switch, Thomas was quoted as saying that "he still saw himself as a TE". It's fair to say that the VA Tech coaching staff managed to converted a blue chip TE prospect into a below average QB prospect. Thomas projects as a 6th-UDFA QB. If he does get drafted to play QB, it will strictly be on his potential given his size, athleticism and arm strength. Provided he still sees himself as a TE, he would be a very interesting developmental TE prospect. He would bring all of the size (6-6 260) and athleticism of the top 3 guys with the unique perspective of a having played QB. You also wouldn't have to waste a top pick on him.