North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron dives into the end zone over Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders corner back Jared Singletary (24) on a 2-point conversion attempt at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Could he be a wise choice for the Green Bay Packers? Liz Condo-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers projected to select Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron dives into the end zone over Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders corner back Jared Singletary on a 2-point conversion attempt at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Liz Condo-USA TODAY Sports photograph

 

Wait a minute – aren’t mock drafts supposed to be delegated to the off-season?

Not in today’s day and age as we all begin to turn an eye toward next April’s NFL Draft when all 32 teams do their best to improve their player stockpiles by selecting their next star.

So, with that said, lombardiave.com’s parent, fansided.com, has released its latest 2014 mock draft that takes a look at the first round selections, including that of the Green Bay Packers.

If the season were to end today, the Packers would be selecting right smack dab in the middle – at 16. The Packers, as it turns out, have many needs. You can pretty much cut across every position on the team and not find one that needs attention. Many feel that a safety, offensive lineman or even a quarterback should be considered as top needs, but fansided takes an interesting look – tight end.

Considering that it’s unclear as to the future of starting tight end Jermichael Finley, fansided’s mock has the Packers taking Eric Ebron out of North Carolina. It was recently announced that Ebron would not be returning to the Tar Heels next year, so he would be a nice fit with the Packers. In fact, the guy can outright catch the football. In 2013, he’s caught 55 passes for 895 yards (16.3 yard average) and 3 touchdowns. This season’s stats come on the heels of last season when he caught 40 passes for 625 yards (15.6 yard average) and four touchdowns.

I say at this point, Ebron would be an excellent choice to fill the void that will most likely be left by Finley and given that nobody has stepped up in Finley’s absence this season, the Packers will need someone who is a threat over the middle of the field. Not only that, reports say the guy is a willing blocker … that’s important as the need to clear a path for Eddie Lacy in his second year will prove very important.

What do you think, Packers fans? Have any other players you would like to see the Packers select? It’s a long time until draft day, but it’s also time to start thinking about it.

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