Are the TE Prospects Over-Rated?

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It's late March so you have to take these kind of rumors with a grain of salt but I found this interesting in light of how popular the two TE prospects are with Panther fans. Of course I'm referring to Eric Ebron and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Ebron has been called a top 15 pick by just about everybody and when I included him in my 'To Catch a Falling Star - The Finals' post he ran away with it. Sefarian-Jenkins has been showing up in some 1st round mocks or has been a solid 2nd round pick going to latter than #60 to the Panthers. Hence I found this analysis interesting:

Scout: Mike Evans made Johnny Manziel, not other way around - NFL.com
In addition to the scout's comment on Evans (which was positive) one personnel executive had some strong criticism for the top tight ends in this year's draft published in the NJ.com article. Here's a look at what he had to say about North Carolina's Eric Ebron, considered the top tight end available this year, and Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who is listed No. 2 at tight end in NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock's positional top-five rankings.

" On whether Ebron is as good as Tyler Eifert, the first tight end drafted last year (21st overall to the Bengals): "Hell no. He's OK. He's completely overrated, and he's a pain in the (butt). And don't ask him to block anybody, because he's not going to do it."

" On Seferian-Jenkins: "He's more overrated and a bigger pain in the (butt) than the other guy. And he blocks like a wide receiver. I don't want any part of him."

Ouch on both statements. Both are 'a pain in the butt' and Seferian-Jenkins 'blocks like a WR'? That's pretty harsh unless that WR is Steve Smith.

Now this could just be a team trying to knock down a guy so he slides to them in the draft but this seems an odd route to try and do that. I know many of our CSR members look at a lot of tape on prospects including both of these guys. Anyone see anything credible in these statements?

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