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Why the Giants should draft Eric Ebron


Nov 24, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) scores a touchdown as Maryland Terrapins defensive back Matt Robinson (40) defends in the first quarter at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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Free agency frenzy just got more interesting. After being released from the Eagles, WR DeSean Jackson signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Washington Redskins. According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, who tweeted:

” On DeSean Jackson’s 3-year, $24M deal with Washington, $16M is fully guaranteed and he will make $8M this season.”

Jackson’s new deal makes the Redskins an NFC threat as he will join a healthy Robert Griffin III, and fellow wideout Pierre Garçon. With Alfred Morris in the backfield, Washington will have plenty of offensive ammunition.

So what does this say about the remaining three NFC east teams?

The Eagles signed Darren Sproles this offseason, and will have plenty of scoring opportunities under Chip Kelly. The Cowboys still have Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. The Giants, however, have plenty of room for offensive improvement.

After losing WR Hakeem Nicks to Indianapolis, the G-men haven’t exactly made a splash in Free Agency. Aside from Nicks, the Giants also lost DT Linval Joseph (Minnesota), and DE Justin Tuck (Oakland). This has rumored New York to select a pass rusher or defensive tackle in Aprils upcoming draft. However, I believe UNC TE Eric Ebron is the man for the Giants.

Ebron, who is undoubtedly the best tight end in the draft, stands 6’4″, 250 pounds, while running a 4.6 40-yard dash. Numbers are one thing, but a security blanket for QB Eli Manning is the most important feat Ebron can bring to New York.

Manning, who threw 27 interceptions last season, looked more rattled all season than his brother did in Super Bowl 48. Since the departure of Jeremy Shockey, Eli Manning hasn’t had a consistent tight end to provide that comfort in pressure situations. Ebron’s presence would  provide a comfortable outlet for Manning, and reduce those costly down field interceptions.

Of course the argument can be made that the Giants have won two Super Bowls behind the vicious play of their past defensive line dominance. However, in those two Super Bowls, Eli Manning had at least two big, physical receivers to go to in Plaxico Burress and Hakeem Nicks. Both men are now gone, and with the high scoring capabilities of the other three NFC east teams, the Giants would best benefit selecting Eric Ebron.

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  • royhobbs7

    NOT!!!!!!!!! Eric Ebron will not start at TE for the Giants in 2014 (if drafted); he is not the run blocker that Coughlin or McAdoo desire to have on the field at TE. Do you want to draft a 1st round player who will be a total waste for 2014 for the Giants, then draft Ebron. BTW, he’s not that good; Colt TE Coby Fleener was rated a better receiving TE coming out of the draft two years ago. What has he done (and Fleener is in a better passing system with a better QB)?

    • Mosstoss17

      The giants have no backfield at this point. They made no moves in free agency to get a running back, and I doubt they go running back in rounds 1-4. At this point, Eli needs a reliable play maker, who can stretch the field and fill the void of Hakeem Nicks.

      • Adam Ganeles

        They brought in Rashad Jennings.. and 13 other free agents.

        • Mosstoss17

          Rashad Jennings is a poor mans Ahmad Bradshaw. He won’t force a defense to bring an extra body in the box. Victor Cruz isn’t gonna carry the load himself. They need passing threats. Evans and Watkins will be gone by the time the giants pick. And again, Eli Manning would benefit better from a tight end who can get down field

          • Adam Ganeles

            Jennings is more comparable to Jacobs than Bradshaw. The Giants haven’t had a fear-worthy back in many years. Anyway, I agree on Ebron if Evans is off the board. They will address TE, DL and OL depth in the draft.

          • Mosstoss17

            Yeah D line is definitely a possibility, maybe Taylor Lewan at tackle. 12 to high for a guard. That leaves TE and WR.

          • Mosstoss17

            We will see what happens! Should be interesting

          • Adam Ganeles

            That’s for sure. I was keen on Gilbert prior to FA, but that’s out the window. Absolutely wide open.