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UDFA Profile: Eubanks To Reunite With Teammate

Dallas Cowboys
04 May 2021, 20:24 GMT+10

Kyle Youmans

Over the next two weeks, DallasCowboys.com dives deeper into the talented group of undrafted rookies that are expected to battle for a roster spot this offseason. Today, we profile another Michigan tight end added after the draft.

Name: Nick Eubanks Position: Tight End Height: 6-5 Weight: 256 School: Michigan (Big Ten) Awards & Recognition: Academic All-Big Ten 2020, All-Big Ten Honorable Mention 2019, Four-time letterwinner.

The Good: Unlike his former Michigan teammate and current Cowboys tight end Sean McKeon, Eubanks does not specialize as an in-line run blocker but had plenty of experience doing so in the pro-style system in Ann Arbor. Eubank's size and speed are each pristine for the tight end position with a 6-foot-4 frame and a 4.6 40-yard dash time. More of a receiving threat than McKeon, Eubanks has decent get-off at the line of scrimmage and enough explosiveness to win over the middle of the field as a receiver. The ball skills are impressive for someone his size and he has eliminated a good number of drops from his game over the last two seasons.

The Project: The Florida native never found a bigger role in the passing game during his time in Ann Arbor. In his first season as a starter in 2019, Eubanks was expected to be an added element to the offense with 42 targets. However, he only reeled in 26 passes off the large number of targets and just managed to eclipse the 250-yard mark in the final game of the season. In 2020, it was much of the same but with less drops. 10 receptions on 13 targets for 117 yards was all that Eubanks could muster in the Covid-19 shortened season. And in today's game, tight ends either need to produce in the passing attack or be a bulldozer in the ground game. At the moment, there's not a ton of evidence he can do either.

The Summary: It was originally thought that Eubanks was going to benefit from a relatively thin class of tight ends and see significant interest from organizations for his size and experience. A two-year starter for the Wolverines, Eubanks never really shined in the stat book but was quite impressive in his footwork, athleticism, and route running from a film standpoint. It'll be interesting to see the role that Kellen Moore would have for Eubanks. Because if he can be a safety net behind Dalton Shultz and Blake Jarwin as another receiving tight end, he'll have a shot to stick around. If it's a role much like his former teammate Sean McKeon as an in-line blocker? It'll be a much tougher transition.

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