Eric Ebron could benefit from competition in Detroit

The Lions' tight end hasn't developed as much as the team might have liked so far in his career. PFF premium stats show what options Detroit has.

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Eric Ebron could benefit from competition in Detroit

  • With a grade of just 50.6 in 2016, Detroit TE Eric Ebron ranked 49th in the NFL among tight ends.
  • Ebron improved as a receiver in 2016 (72.3 receiving grade) but was graded as the worst run-blocking TE in the NFL (29.6 run-blocking grade)
  • Blocking specialist Darren Fells was brought it to help. He earned a pass-blocking grade of 73.0 last year, which ranked third in NFL, and a run-blocking grade of 67.9, 17th.
  • Fells, however, isn’t much of a threat receiving with a receiving grade of just 55.3. He also averaged just 0.98 yards per route run, which ranked outside of the top 50 among TEs.

Potential draft targets:

  • Day 2 target: Iowa’s George Kittle earned the second-highest run-blocking grade (79.6) in 2016 among the TE class.
  • Day 2 target: South Alabama’s Gerald Everett led all tight ends with 24 forced missed tackles in 2016. He also led college football TEs in 2015.
  • Day 3 target: Jeremy Sprinkle ranked 13th in the TE draft class with an 81.0 receiving grade in 2016.

NFC North TEs

  • moore2come

    …they can live with EE for one more season
    …they have no choice
    …his 2017 contract is GUARANTEED
    …the immediate needs on defense far outweigh spending draft capital on a TE
    …Fells is probably a better athlete than Ebron
    …and as a former pro basketball player he more than likely will be given the opportunity to showcase his hands
    …which is probably what lured him away from AZ