RS Senior | 6’ 5’’, 256 lbs | Plantation, FL
Solid blocking tight end with size and athleticism to be a threat in the passing game
Nick Eubanks has the frame of a prototypical tight end and above average athleticism for his size, but so far has only shown sporadic flashes of the potential he has as a receiver. After four years of waiting though, he’ll finally have the opportunity to showcase his ability as a pass catcher in Michigan‘s offense in 2020. With a first-year quarterback under center and Eubanks being the only scholarship tight end on the roster, his production this season will be as crucial to his team’s success as it will to his draft stock.
Strengths of his game
- Good positioning and angles in run blocking
- No loss of effort
- Reliable hands
- Nimble — above average quickness for his size
- Big target, particularly useful in red zone
Questions to Answer or Areas to Improve
- Technique in pass protection — plays too stiff and upright at times
- Routes are not crisp
- Needs to work on movement in run blocking
- 2019: Lower back – injured Week 6 vs. Illinois, did not miss games but was bothered by injury the rest of the season
- 2017: Elbow – suffered season-ending injury Week 4 vs. Purdue, missed 9 games and took medical redshirt
Way too early projection
The upcoming season will dictate whether or not Nick Eubanks hears his name called on draft day. Whether he’s a Day 3 pick or an undrafted free agent, with some improvement, I believe, Eubanks has all the makings of a solid role player in the NFL.
What to watch for in 2020
As the primary tight end in Michigan’s offense, Eubanks should expect to see plenty of reps as a run blocker. He’s been a solid blocker up to this point, but as likely a No. 2 or 3 tight end at the next level, he’ll need to be a show he can be a force as a blocking tight end in Michigan’s power run offense.
As a receiver, I’d like to see him improve as a route runner first and foremost and secondly, establish himself as a reliable red zone target. In 2019, four of the 25 passes he caught went for scores. If he can build on that production and consistently find the end zone in 2020, Eubanks could really bolster his draft stock.
Even though he’s a redshirt senior, Eubanks is raw and still unproven. As long as he stays healthy, he’ll have every opportunity to change that.