A common mock for the New York Giants in the 2014 NFL Draft has been North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, who is known for his explosive play-making ability in the passing game. Whether or not the Giants ultimately select him with the No. 12 pick remains to be seen, but General Manager Jerry Reese admitted earlier this week that every team league-wide wants a tight end who can change a game.
"Everybody needs a play-making tight end. I think all offenses… you want a playmaker at every position if you can," Reese said. "I think every team wants a Pro Bowl-style tight end, they want a couple of Pro Bowl wide receivers, they want a Pro Bowl running back. Sure, you’d like a big, strapping tight end. Sure."
But the real question is "do the Giants currently have one?" And if not, is that a target area in the upcoming NFL Draft?
Reese seemed relatively reluctant to answer or directly address either inquiry, expressing some clear annoyance with the line of questioning.
"We have a couple young tight ends and it’s time for those guys to develop and play. Obviously we’ll continue to look as we move forward. We want to get good players at every position," Reese said. "Everyone wants big, fast tight ends who can block and catch balls. It’s the same thing all over the league. Everybody wants those guys."
As it stands, the Giants feature tight end depth that includes Kellen Davis, Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells — not exactly murderer's row of game-changing tight ends. However, Reese sounded like a man who may be content with that going into the season as he skirted questions about options in the NFL Draft.
"There are good tight ends in the draft. We’re going to evaluate them all the same. If somebody’s up there for us to pick, if it’s a tight end, if it’s a receiver… we could use a good player at any position," he added.
Although a tight end may eventually be selected, Reese didn't sound like someone who planned to go that direction with the team's first-round pick.
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