This is how quickly opinions and perceptions in the draft can change.
A little over a week ago, ESPN's Todd McShay said he would be "shocked" if Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron or Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix slipped out of the top half of the first round. In his latest mock draft this week, McShay has Ebron falling to the Ravens at No. 17.
McShay previously thought Ebron could go to the Buffalo Bills (No. 9), Tennessee Titans (No. 11), New York Giants (No. 12) or possibly the Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 15). But McShay has three cornerbacks (Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert and Kyle Fuller) going in the top 15, which caused the draft's top tight end to drop to the Ravens.
"There are holes in his game," McShay said of Ebron. "He drops too many passes for how highly he's going to be drafted. He's a buffet blocker, if you will. He kind of picks and chooses when he wants to get interested. But what he does well, it's just hard to find guys who can do it at the level he does in terms of stretching the field vertically and creating after the catch."
There's no question that the Ravens would be interested in Ebron. The Ravens re-signed Dennis Pitta and added Owen Daniels this offseason, but that doesn't preclude them from drafting a tight end. Ebron is bigger playmaker than Pitta, and he is more of a long-term solution than Daniels, who signed a one-year deal.
Here is my draft primer on Ebron.