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Saturday, February 22, 2014
Ebron headlines impressive TE group

By Rich Cimini

Both the New York Jets and New York Giants are in the market for a tight end. They saw some good ones Saturday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, including an impressive performance by North Carolina's Eric Ebron, the consensus No. 1 tight end in the draft.

Ebron checked in at 6-foot-4 3/8, 250 pounds and blazed the 40 in 4.6 seconds, the second-fastest time among his position group. He has big hands (10 inches) and did 24 reps on the bench press, which is considered average. Simply put, he has all the right measurables. Texas Tech's Jace Amaro, another potential first-round pick, didn't run as well as Ebron at 4.74 seconds, but he's a big man -- 6-foot-5 3/8, 265 pounds. He had the smallest hands of all the tight ends (nine inches), which could be a concern for teams.

Here's a list of the top-10 40 times for the tight ends:

1. A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State: 4.50

2. Eric Ebron, North Carolina: 4.60

3. Colt Lyerla, Oregon: 4.61

4. Trey Burton, Florida: 4.62

5. Jace Amaro, Texas Tech: 4.74

6. Reggie Jordan, Missouri Western: 4.77

7. Anthony Denham, Utah: 4.77

8. Jake Murphy, Utah: 4.79

9. Arthur Lynch, Georgia: 4.82

10. Marcel Jensen, Fresno State: 4.85