Study shows Ebron has highest drop rate among top TEs
by Joe Buscaglia,posted Apr 24 2014 2:25PM
With two weeks to go before the 2014 NFL Draft, many are trying to discern right from wrong, up from down and everything in between. Sometimes it's good to take a second look at both the glaring skills and deficiencies that some of the top prospects might have.
Today's look focuses on North Carolina's Eric Ebron, the top tight end available in the opinion of many. Ebron has the athleticism, skills and size that teams covet in the tight end position. The Bills have shown interest in him by inviting him for a pre-draft visit, and Ebron said himself he believes that Buffalo and Detroit are the most interested.
Just like any prospect, however, he doesn't come without his own set of warts to his game.
Peshek charted Ebron, Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Texas Tech's Jace Amaro, Notre Dame's Troy Niklas and Cal's Richard Rodgers. Of those five players, Ebron had an alarming drop rate at 11.43-percent.
For the sake of comparison Ebron's drop rate was the highest, above Niklas (8.57), Amaro (7.69), Rodgers (7.69) and Seferian-Jenkins (5.41). Of all the wide receiver's charted by Peshek, only three players had a higher drop rate than Ebron: Clemson's Martavis Bryant (12.5), USC's Marqise Lee (12.31) and Missouri's L'Damian Washington (12.07).
By no means is this the only piece to the puzzle, but it is definitely a useful tool that challenges the narratives that may exist for some of these players. So are other parts of Peshek's study.
Ebron tested quite well in comparison to the other tight ends in yards after the catch, averaging 8.84 yards which was the highest of the five. That average is more than five yards per catch higher than Seferian-Jenkins (3.40).
The study was done on February 19, but it's still incredibly relevant because there hasn't been a single game since early January. Peshek does fantastic work for Rotoworld and can be followed on Twitter @NU_Gap.