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TE Ebron confident in his playing speed

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2014 – 5:33 pm

He’s widely considered to be the best tight end in the draft. North Carolina’s Eric Ebron is an uncommonly athletic tight end who has been compared to 49ers TE Vernon Davis when it comes to physical ability. He was making no promises Thursday concerning his expectations for a 40-yard dash time, but he assures he’ll be better than a former college teammate of his who currently plays in the NFL.

Ebron’s college teammate Giovanni Bernard, who had a pretty successful rookie season, ran a 4.53 40-time here at the Combine last February. The talented tight end is confident he’ll perform better.

“Gio just told me to get as much rest as I can,” said Ebron of his Combine advice. “I just texted him. I’m going to run a faster 40 than him. I’ll just put it like that.”

When asked what makes his game different from other NFL tight ends his answer was simple and direct.

“Fast,  I play fast,” he said. “I’m a little bit faster than most.”

In watching five games of Ebron rarely if ever did opposing defenses press him at the line of scrimmage when he was split wide. I asked him why he thought that was the case.

“I think teams don’t press me because they can’t,” he said flatly. “I will not be pressed at the line of scrimmage that’s a powerful thing of mine. They’d do best if they play a couple of yards back.”

Most linebackers and safeties did just that often giving him a seven or eight-yard cushion. That won’t happen in the NFL however, where the matchups won’t be quite as lopsided. One has to believe that NFL talent evaluators would prefer to see him against more press coverage just to see how he handles it.

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