Sunday brought many players a chance to impress all 32 NFL teams as the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine kicked off in Indianapolis.
Saturday was the start of the individual drills, allowing the Tight Ends and Offensive Linemen showcase their talents to the NFL’s best talent evaluators. More of the skilled position drills will take place in the next two days, but today was about the big guys up front.
Headlining the tight end group was Eric Ebron from North Carolina. Ebron ran a 4.60 officially. There might not be anybody better in this group than the former Tarheel. Putting up big numbers and showing off his athleticism in college, he caught the eye of everybody and steadlily moved himself up draft boards all across the country.
Colt Lyerla of Oregon unofficially ran a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash.
Expect Ebron to gain attention in the coming months as a top-10 pick. A team like the Buffalo Bills could take a look. Ebron has the special ability to play anywhere in the receiving game and have success.
Nearly every team can find a use for Ebron. He can block, catch, and use speed to beat fast linebackers and at times, speedy safeties.
Jace Amaro and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins are the other two tight ends competing for a spot in the first round. Both will be talked about heavily in the coming months, but Ebron’s playmaking ability and size should leapfrog him ahead of both contenders come draft time.