Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron speaks at a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
If there’s one thing people should know about the NFL Draft, it’s that no one’s destination is definite until the commissioner reads their name off of the card.
A prospect can get mocked to a team to death, but until the draft begins no one knows where a prospect will end up by the end of the night.
That said, it seems that North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron thinks he knows where he is headed. On a recent visit, he told a team that he expects to be drafted by the Detroit Lions, according to the MMQB.
The pick would make sense for the Lions, holding the 10th overall pick, who need more weapons for quarterback Matthew Stafford. If wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans are both off the board by the time the Lions pick, it’s easy to see Ebron fitting in Detroit as a big upgrade over current starter Brandon Pettigrew.
Of course, just because this rumor makes sense, doesn’t mean it’s accurate, or that it’ll come to pass. 31 NFL general managers are probably doing their homework right now to see if Detroit’s interest in Ebron at No. 10 is real.
The report sends a major signal to those teams needing a tight end that they need to trade up ahead of Detroit if they want to get their hands on the best tight end in this draft class. Rick Spielman, sitting at No. 8, probably has reached out to a bunch of tight end needy teams already to see if they would be interested in coming to get Ebron at No. 8.
If a team really wants to do that, all the better for the Vikings. Rick Spielman gets to trade down in an incredibly deep draft class and prevent a big potential weapon from entering the division. A receiving tandem of Johnson, Tate, Ebron and Bush in Detroit would be extremely formidable to face twice a year.
What do you think Vikings fans? Are you scared at the prospect of Ebron coming to the NFC North? Is this Spielman’s chance to work a draft day trade? Sound off in the comments below or talk to me on Twitter @Goatman102!