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North Carolina Panthers Tight-End Eric Ebron Could Be a Good Fit for the Pittsburgh Steelers

February 9th, 2014 at 9:37 PM
By Mark Mihalko
One of the unknowns heading into the NFL Draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers is what positions will take more of a bit during the salary cap purge. One position the may become a target is tight end, and this draft has one that could be a solid fit at number 15.
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Yes, the Steelers have Heath Miller, but he is entering the final year of his contact and carries a high number. While it is more likely the team extends him, it would not be out of the realm of possibility that they release him to save that space. Either way, they could look at North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron.
 
The 6-4, 245-pound has a tremendous upside and has the versatility to play in-line and outside with experience in the slot. A fluid athlete, he has enough speed to challenge vertically, but the agility to break off the route and gain separation. Unlike some tight ends, he plays with an edge at the point of attack and adds some physicality to his elite hands.
 
He does still need to refine his craft as blocker and could gain some aggressiveness in tight quarters, but those skills can be developed. He will have to pass a medical check at the combine to check on a shoulder injury he suffered in 2013, but he should leave that event as the top tight end, and potential target for the Steelers. 
 
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