I've been diverting a lot of thought over the last couple months towards the draft, but more specifically, the "steady rise" of Ebron on the Bills' perceived draft board. The hitch I reach, that I've been trying to rationalize, is why Ebron is starting to gain more ground as the Bills' draft choice at #9, seemingly passing Mike Evans as the receiving option of choice. Let's eliminate the idea of Tight End versus Wide Receiver, because both players are the embodiment of what the Bills are searching for; a big bodied, physically dominant pass catcher who is open even if he's covered, and creates serious matchup problems in the redzone. That said, considering these two points - that Mike Evans is more the player the Bills are seeking than Ebron, along with Whaley's recent admission that the TE role is changing (i.e. less focus on in-line blocking) - it would seem that Ebron is becoming the favorite because of the position he plays, but not necessarily because he's the better receiver. As a tight end, Ebron is a below average blocker. If you're only serviceable in college, it's not hard to foresee struggles, at least early on, with handling blocking assignments at the NFL level. Conversely, Evans was a dominant force as a blocker, routinely driving cornerbacks and even linebackers downfield, rarely missing a block or getting beat by his defender. Granted, Evans rarely had to take on a defensive end as a blocking assignment, but it was those very assignments that Ebron struggled with most. When comparing the two, I specifically looked for blocking assignments that were linebackers, and Evans was every bit as capable as Ebron, if not more due to his quick feet and long reach. In terms of body size they're almost identical, with Evans being a little more stretched out, but if he were to add just ten more pounds we may as well consider him a tight end anyways. Ebron, also, was recently noted to have a slight case of the "dropsies", while Evans has consistently been noted to have very good to elite hands. I don't want to take this on forever, seeing as it's just a curiosity of mine and my basic points are all outlined here. But give me your thoughts, rumblers - why are we looking at these two players by position, when in all reality, they'll bring essentially the same presence and utility to the Bills?
(I should clarify, I guess, that the main point against this is that it's somewhat likely Evans is off the board before Ebron. However, between our apparent interest in a trade and the crapshoot of prediction that the draft really is, I don't see that as a strong reason to neglect Evans in the argument.)