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TE Eric Ebron - Detroit Lions

6-4, 265Born: 4-10-1993College: North CarolinaDrafted: Round 1, pick 10

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Ebron's lack of touchdowns hurt his weekly ceiling, but his volume still made him a common 15-20 PPR scorer when he was in the lineup. His durability hasn't been ideal, but drafting him as a TE2 in best ball gives you all the ceiling as Ebron has a chance to absorb a lot of the targets vacated by Anquan Boldin with none of the floor because your TE1 will cover any injury or down weeks.


Ebron was the 10th overall pick of the 2014 draft and enters his fourth NFL season looking to finally put it all together. 2017 will be a pivotal year for his long-term future in Detroit. In May, the Lions exercised the $8.25 million dollar fifth-year option on Ebron's contract, which will keep him in Detroit through the 2018 season. But hopes for a lucrative long-term extension will largely rest upon his performance this year. Ebron just turned 24-years old and hopes to continue to grow as a player. He has improved his production each season, with 25 catches as a rookie, 47 in his second season and 61 in 2016. He has also improved his efficiency each season and posted an impressive 72% catch rate, with 61 receptions on just 85 targets (despite having seven drops). Ebron missed three games last season and spent much of the year playing through various injuries, noting he was "pretty destroyed." Ebron has always struggled as a blocker and has shown little signs of improvement in that aspect of his game. He basically functions as an oversized slot receiver. Due to this fact, the likely departure of Anquan Boldin (also an oversized slot receiver) could open up even more targets for Ebron. Boldin's departure could be especially beneficial for Ebron when it comes to red zone targets (Boldin led the team with eight touchdowns) and Ebron should bounce back in the scoring department. He enters the season as a low-end TE1 but has upside as we don't know if we have seen his ceiling yet. (June 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 13, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16, 17, 20
TE Redraft PPR - 13, 9, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17
TE Dynasty - 10, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15

Stats and Projections

2014 DET 13 25 248 1
2015 DET 14 47 537 5
2016 DET 13 61 711 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 14 60 * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 66 * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 14 56 * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 15 60 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 118
TE: 12
Overall-PPR: 110
TE-PPR: 12

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Latest News

Lions | Eric Ebron remains sidelined (Thu Aug 17, 09:40 PM) - Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 17.

Our View: Ebron's hamstring issue isn't going away. This makes it more difficult to take him as your TE1, as he might not be in game shape to open the season and faces a good set of linebackers and safeties vs. Arizona Week 1.
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Lions | Eric Ebron misses practice (Wed Aug 16, 07:32 PM) - Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 16.

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Lions | Eric Ebron returns (Fri Aug 11, 09:41 AM) - Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) returned to practice Friday, Aug. 11.

Our View: Ebron's absence was long enough that we should really worry if this comes up again, but not long enough to greatly move him on our draft boards.
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Lions | Coach has catch total in mind for Eric Ebron (Mon Aug 7, 08:51 PM) - Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said he envisions TE Eric Ebron to be in the 60-catch range this season.

Our View: Ebron had 61 in 13 games last year. If Caldwell is correct, then we shouldn't project a big increase in Ebron's role this year. He is probably being drafted right about where he should be as one of the last TE1's on the board.
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Lions | Eric Ebron running on the side (Sun Aug 6, 09:06 PM) - Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 6, but he was able to run on the sidelines.

Our View: The seal has already been broken on injuries for Ebron, but at least this makes it seem like a minor hamstring issue that is nothing to worry about as long as the rest of camp and the preseason passes without incident.
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2017 Schedule

1vs Arizona Cardinals
2@ New York Giants
3vs Atlanta Falcons
4@ Minnesota Vikings
5vs Carolina Panthers
6@ New Orleans Saints
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8vs Pittsburgh Steelers
9@ Green Bay Packers
10vs Cleveland Browns
11@ Chicago Bears
12vs Minnesota Vikings
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15vs Chicago Bears
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Green Bay Packers