Draft chatter: TE Ebron could still be choice

Draft chatter: TE Ebron could still be choice
April 18, 2014, 10:30 am
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Just because the Ravens signed tight end Owen Daniels, do not assume they have lost interest in tight end Eric Ebron of North Carolina.

Ebron is a special talent at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds. Most scouts consider him the top tight end in the draft by far, which makes him unlikely to fall to the Ravens at No. 17.

However, the unpredictability of this draft is forcing teams to consider many scenarios. There could be a run on quarterbacks early that pushes other prospects farther down the board. The most recent ProFootballTalk mock draft has the Ravens taking Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan with the 17th pick, and Ebron going No. 18 to the Jets. 

Would the Ravens really take Lewan over Ebron? Yes, the Ravens need a starting right tackle, and they already have Dennis Pitta and Daniels at tight end. But consider this. Pitta had hip surgery last year. Daniels only has a one-year contract, and he is 31 years old.  Injuries limited Daniels to just five games last season.

That's why the Ravens have to consider Ebron if he's available. They didn't score enough points last season. Their offense didn't have enough options in the passing game. What if Ebron turns into a three-down tight end as productive as Jason Witten of the Cowboys or Vernon Davis of the 49ers, as some scouts are predicting? Surely, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who loves utilizing tight ends, can find a way to make Ebron a threat.

So if Ebron is still on the board at No. 17, do the Ravens make the safe choice and take a tackle or safety? Or do they give Joe Flacco another weapon? That would be an interesting decision.