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Prospect Profile: What Michigan TE Nick Eubanks brings to the Dallas Cowboys

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Eubanks’ film leaves a lot to be desired.

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Michigan tight end Nick Eubanks played in parts of four seasons for Michigan at tight end, as well as contributing on special teams.

This past season was a bit of a let down for the Michigan team and Eubanks personally, as he had just 10 receptions for 117 yards and 1 TD. Eubanks’ best film came in 2018 and 2019, where he showed flashes of his potential, but ultimately never developed into a dangerous weapon for Michigan at tight end.

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of Eubanks.

Info

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 245

School: Michigan

Position: Tight End

Projected: Late 5th-Undrafted

Pro Day Results

Bench Press 225 pounds: 19

Vertical: 34”

Broad Jump: 10’1”

40-Yard Dash: 4.59

Strengths

  • Plus-speed at the position.
  • H-back potential
  • Can win versus linebackers in coverage.

Weaknesses

  • Not a very good blocker, will likely get out-muscled in the pros.
  • Didn’t haul in contested balls consistently.
  • Too many drops.
  • Average route runner.
  • Doesn’t have a ‘power-forward’ approach to physically box out defenders.
  • Instances of miscommunication between he and various Michigan QBs.

Overview

In 2018, Eubanks hauled in 8 receptions for 157 yards, an impressive 19.63 yards per catch. In Eubanks’ short time on the field in ‘18 it looked like he could become a weapon in Josh Gattis’ spread scheme. However, Eubanks never became a deep threat and averaged just 9.72 yards per reception in 2019 (25 receptions, 243 yards, 4 TDs), and 11.7 in 2020. In short, his career at Michigan was okay. Eubanks never developed into a dangerous receiving target, he wasn’t always on the same page with wideouts, didn’t play physical enough overall, and dropped some balls and rarely hauled in hard catches.

Eubanks has decent speed for the position, he’ll be best served to head to a team that can put him in motion as an h-back and match him up one-on-one with a linebacker in coverage. Eubanks will need to improve as a blocker and route runner if he’s going to stick in the pros. Despite some needed room for growth in various areas, a team could still take a chance on Eubanks in the fifth round, but there’s also a shot he goes undrafted. Speed sells, and although his speed on film doesn’t seem as fast as his pro day forty time, the time of 4.59 will be having teams give him an extra look that he wouldn’t receive if he was a tad slower.