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

Steelers Morning Huddle 5/3/2014

Steelers season goes all year long so whether we’re breaking down free agency signings, predicting the possible draft choices, or looking around for mentions of your Black & Gold we’ve got you covered. Here’s what’s being said about your Pittsburgh Steelers around the block.

Ebron No. 1 TE in draft

As Bob Labriola of the Steelers Digest explains, it’s no secret that the overwhelming number one tight end in this years’ draft is Eric Ebron out of North Carolina. Even though he’s not projected to be available at the 15th pick, he’s clearly on the Steelers radar. He broke Vernon Davis’ ACC record for receiving yards by a tight end with 973 yards. His size of 6’4”, 250 lbs. certainly appeals to the Steelers but his glaring downside is his lack of blocking skills. Labriola suggests that once Ebron is picked, he’d be the only tight end to go in the first round but further into the draft you can look for names like Jace Amaro, Troy Niklas, or C.J. Fiedorowicz.

Bill Polian doesn’t see Ebron to Pittsburgh

Keeping on the Eric Ebron theme for today’s huddle, Scott Brown details how former NFL executive now ESPN analyst Bill Polian isn’t very fond of the idea of Ebron to the Steelers, even though Todd McShay had him going to Pittsburgh in his latest mock. He doesn’t seem to be that big of a fan of Ebron in general either.

“He’s a Pittsburgh Steeler and he doesn’t block. That doesn’t compute. I don’t think he’s ready to play in the NFL right now. I think he’s too immature. I don’t think his feet are firmly planted on the ground. Yeah, he has ability but that only gets you so far.” – Bill Polian

Mark Kaboly’s reaction to Polian’s comments

Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune Review, Mark Kaboly, certainly appeared puzzled as to why Bill Polian would be so objectionable to the idea of Ebron on the Steelers as a tight end that doesn’t block all that well. Kaboly captured what would be most of our reactions to that sentiment.


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  • Joel Nye

    What so utterly stupid about this thing with Ebron and blocking is that HE WOULD NOT be drafted to be a BLOCKER (conventional TE). He would be brought in to run the slot out of a two TE set. He essentially would be a RECEIVER absolute first and foremost- a defacto number 3 who could cause problems with matchups (6-4 255 lbs.) vs. a number 3 or 4 receiver (5-10 and about 190) with the same speed. He would be flexed out and probably not on the field much in short yardage unless it was inside the 5 yd. line. There again, being able to post up on a defender vs. the smallish receivers. Think Julius Thomas prototype, not trying to recreate Mark Bruner II. If he can block better down the line fine, but he’s being brought in to take attention AWAY from the likes of Brown, Miller, and whoever lines up on the right side.