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.

Topics: Eric Ebron, Green Bay Packers, Mock Draft

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  • Peter Merrill

    Austin Sefarian-Jenkins would be a better choice.

    • Lukeskywalker88

      Specially cuz he could be had later.

  • Dan

    How about TE Jace Amaro out of Texas Tech or Safety Hasean Clinton-Dix from Alabama?

  • White Rabbit

    The notion that a Tight End in the first round as a good idea is preposterous. There is nothing about these tight ends that will get Green Bay back into the Super Bowl.
    It has been proven repeatedly over the last 45+ years that there are two things absolutely required to win a Super Bowl: 1) Excellent Quarterback Play; Montana, Starr, Bradshaw, Aikman, Young, Favre, Rodgers, etc.
    2) Excellent Safety Play: Butler, Woodson, Collins, Reed, Etc.
    Green Bay does not have a safety of that caliber currently. Until TT makes a move on a Safety of that caliber they won’t win a Super Bowl. Burnett is good, but he’s not there yet. Another safety in the backfield with him would help. A guy like Clinton-Dix, Bucannon, or Pryor would all be very good selections and make more sense than a Tight End in the First Round.

    • Iconoclast17

      Check with NE and Gronkowski/Hernandez. You sound like a draft defense first and always proponent. But, with Capers failing again as coordinator, there’s no good reason to reach for a safety in R1. You aren’t getting back to a SB by wasting another draft feeding Capers scheme (2012).

      Ebron makes perfect sense and IMO he would be an IDEAL choice as GB’s first round pick, which will come earlier than 16. It’s a huge need now that Finley is gone and GB has nothing behind him. Nothing to help out in the red zone, nothing to take the pressure off the WR’s.

      • White Rabbit

        I’m not a proponent of drafting Defense first and always, but that is hardly the point.
        Regarding your point, neither Hernendez nor Gronkowski were 1st round selections. Gronk was a late 2 and Hernendez was a mid to late 4. Great Tight ends are available throughout the draft. Finley was a mid rounder, Chmura was a 7, The list goes on. My point is: You don’t need to spend a 1st round pick on an incomplete tight end when a safety is clearly more of a need and better value.
        Caper’s scheme is hardly to blame, as many of the top defenses in the NFL are 3-4 schemes. Many use the zone-blitz concepts too. In fact, within every 3-4 there are Zone concepts. While injuries are hardly a crutch, there is no denying their impact on the quality of play. Additionally, Pickett is past his prime and Raji has yet to play like he did in 2010. The Linebackers are solid but they need better protection than what the line gives them. The secondary, thought to be a strength, is the true achilles heal of this defense. The safeties are attrocious and the Corners have been unable to stick with their coverage assignments, often giving too much cushion to opposing receivers. That’s not schematic it’s execution.
        A great hard hitting, ball hawking safety and another ball hawk at corner will go a long way towards correcting the issues of the defense.

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