Some people may feel that labeling any player a bust not even two years into their professional career is crazy, and maybe it is, but it’s hard to ignore what is happening with Detroit Lions tight end, Eric Ebron.
Ebron was selected with the #11 pick by the Lions in the 2014 NFL Draft. Immediately after the selection, Ebron began drawing comparisons to (then) New Orleans Saints’ TE Jimmy Graham, and how Ebron would assume that role in Detroit.
A year and a half later, Ebron hasn’t delivered. The pick has been criticized again and again, especially because of who followed Ebron in the draft. DT Aaron Donald and WR Odell Beckham Jr. have both lit up the league for their respective teams since joining the league, while Ebron has been mediocre at best.
Much of Ebron’s disappointment has stemmed from his inability to catch the ball. After yesterday’s victory, Ebron ranked Top 10 in the league in dropped passes. While it may be forgotten because it came in a winning effort, the University of North Carolina product dropped a sure touchdown during the first quarter of Detroit’s win over Oakland on Sunday.
It’s not just fans who have been noticing either. Throughout his career, Ebron has had problems with dropped passes, and it’s been highlighted in recent weeks.
Another drop for Ebron. Not having a good game at all. #DETvsGB
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) November 15, 2015
First and goal at the Raiders' 1: hold on Laken Tomlinson, drop in the end zone by Eric Ebron — Lions settle for FG and 3-0 lead.
— Mike O'Hara (@MikeOHaraNFL) November 22, 2015
The Lions still have Ebron under contract for two more years after this season ends, so don’t expect him to leave anytime soon. But the bottom line is this: even if Ebron isn’t a bust now, he’s on the fast track towards that designation. The time is now for Ebron to either step up or take a seat. With Tim Wright and Brandon Pettigrew also in the TE rotation, the Lions will not be afraid to sit Ebron down if the drops continue.
For the sake of the franchise, let’s hope Ebron turns it around. But hype can only last so long, and it’s running out.