Continuing our week-long look at five potential possibilities for the Titans at No. 11, in no particular order.
Today we turn to…
North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron
The good: Universally regarded as the best guy at his position in the draft. Very fluid and huge catching range help make him a likely matchup nightmare. Tough with confidence.
The bad: Not as physical as he can be yet with routes and when challenged for the ball. Needs to develop as a blocker. Popular prospect who could easily be gone before No. 11.
Room for him: The Titans have a high-quality tight end in Delanie Walker and a solid blocker in Craig Stevens. But No. 1 Taylor Thompson is on the verge of busting and a Walker-Ebron combination could be a brutal thing to defend.
How ESPN.com’s resident scout, Matt Williamson, sees him fitting with the Titans: “Inline tight ends don't catch passes in Whisenhunt’s offense, but move tight end types do. Ebron is much more of the latter and is a mismatch waiting to happen. But I can't see the Titans landing him unless they were to trade up.”
Positives from our scouting report: Rates as exceptional in separation skills and big play ability. “[He] naturally separates thanks to outstanding movement skills. He shows the initial burst and top-end speed to threaten a defense vertically. He consistently runs past linebackers and also has enough size to box out safeties when ball is in air.”
Negatives from our scouting reports: Rates as below average as a blocker. “Effort as a blocker is inconsistent -- both in-line and in space. When he does give effort, he is capable of establishing good positioning and occasionally shoots hands inside and shows ability to sustain. Does not project as a player with the mindset, strength and toughness to develop into a decent 'Y' in the NFL. Can be an effective move blocker if focus and consistency of effort improves.”
Likelihood in my eyes he’s available at No. 11: Low.