Round 7, Pick 235: Patriots Draft Northwestern WR Jeremy Ebert

Jeremy Ebert #11 of the Northwestern Wildcats carries the ball in the second half against the Boston College Eagles on September 3, 2011 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.The Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Boston College Eagles 24-17.

With their final pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots finally selected an offensive player. At pick 235 in the 7th round, the Patriots drafted Northwestern wide receiver Jeremy Ebert.

Ebert, at 5'11" and 200 lbs, has seen his stock skyrocket recently, following an exceptional pro day in which he posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.38, 10-yard split of 1.54, 20-yard shuttle of 4.15 and 3-cone drill of 6.7 seconds (would have ranked third of all receivers at combine). And it's not as if Ebert is just a workout warrior - he produced regularly at Northwestern, leading the team in receptions the last two years and recording 173 career tackles with the Wildcats.

Ebert is a solid route runner who played a lot out of the slot at Northwestern. With his below average height and strength, he'll probably play that role in the pros as well. So at this point, Ebert looks like a developmental slot receiver who will have a chance to at least make the practice squad. For the 235th pick, this seems like a solid pick-up for the Patriots.

Greg's Grade: B

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