Nov 9, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) reacts in the fourth quarter. The Tar Heels defeated the Cavaliers 45-14 at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft: New England Patriots Select...

Nov 30, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) on the field in the third quarter. The Blue Devils defeated the Tar Heels 27-25 at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

In this week’s version of FanSided’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft, we are using Erik Lambert’s edition, of nflmocks.com. Lambert has the New England Patriots taking a tight end, but this time, it is not Jace Amaro.

“The future of Rob Gronkowski is very much unclear after yet another season-ending injury, this time to his knee.  With Aaron Hernandez gone, the tight end cupboard is running dry for Tom Brady.  So the New England Patriots bring in reinforcements with the big, athletic and soft-handed Eric Ebron out of North Carolina.”

I haven’t watched much game footage of Ebron, but based on everything I have read, I would love to see him in New England. As Lambert mentions, the Pats once loaded tight end position is now empty, and they need an infusing of talent. Ebron could be the guy that helps this offense rise to the top once again, especially if Gronkowski is able to return for the 2014 season. The combination of these two has the potential to be Hernandez and Gronk-esque, and every Patriots fan on the planet wishes that Tom Brady had that kind of two headed monster at his disposal, once again. Throwing to Julian Edelman an Danny Amendola is fine, but they lack the game breaking ability that a Gronk, or maybe an Ebron has. For this reason, I would love to see Bill Belichick draft Ebron, or any tight end for that matter, this April.

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