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2015 NFL DRAFT

Eric Ebron, TE

School: North Carolina  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 250 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 1/10 - Eric Ebron, TE, 6-4, 250, North Carolina...New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is incorporating some concepts of the New Orleans offense into the Lions' attack, and one of those is the use of a big-bodied, athletic pass catching tight end to attack the middle and down the seams - ala Jimmy Graham. The Lions feel like they drafted that player in Ebron. The Lions feel he's fast enough (4.6 40) to beat linebackers and strong safeties and big enough to outmuscle cornerbacks. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Lions have a plan for No. 10 overall pick Ebron..."We needed good players," Mayhew said. "It was a go-anywhere draft for us. But our defense was right in the middle of the pack - 15th in points allowed. Our offense was 13th in points scored. I think there was a perception that there was a huge gap between offense and defense. I don't think there was a big gap. This is a guy who will help us win games." Ebron was asked what he felt he does best on the field and how his presence will impact Calvin Johnson. "I'm different," he said. "I bring a different style of play and I demand a little bit of attention when I'm on the field. That's what I do best. I just play with heart, passion and everything I can do to help my team, and that's something no one can take away from me. "We'll give other teams hell, I hope. Enough hell so that we win the game." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Lions have a plan for No. 10 overall pick Ebron...Caldwell said Ebron would also create matchup issues for strong safeties, as well as open the field up for receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. "Defenses only have so many resources to commit to your weapons," Lombardi said. The Lions spent considerable time with Ebron in the pre-draft process. Besides the combine, Senior Bowl and the visit to Allen Park, tight ends coach Ron Prince also spent a couple of days with him in North Carolina. "We got to know him throughout the draft process to be a man of great quality, a hardworking guy who enjoys playing the game -- he has great passion for the game," Caldwell said. "I am sure you will find him to be a fun-loving guy who has a great desire to excel in terms of football.

"He is a tremendous physical talent obviously. He is a guy who can run for his size, the matchups will be a bit unusual in that sense. Without question we anticipate that he is going to be a guy that comes and contributes early for us." Mayhew made it clear throughout the draft process that he wasn't going to reach to fill a need with the 10th pick, that he was going to let his board determine the pick. Ebron, he said, was far and away the best player on the board. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Lions have a plan for No. 10 overall pick Ebron...Ebron, who broke Vernon Davis' ACC pass receiving records, didn't hesitate when he was asked how he expected to be used by the Lions. "The same way Jimmy Graham was when (Lombardi) was coaching Jimmy Graham," he said. But when he was asked to compare himself to Graham, Ebron backed off. "I don't have no similarities to Jimmy Graham, I don't think," he said. "He's a different type of tight end than I am, a very possessive tight end. He's a great tight end, but I don't really think I have many similarities to Jimmy Graham. "Now that I'm in the NFL I believe I don't try to imitate anybody. I try to be my own person."

Lombardi summed it up like this: "They are not exactly the same (Ebron and Graham) but they are both athletic guys," he said. "Jimmy's got more length and Eric maybe has more quickness. Some things we did with Jimmy in New Orleans, we will do with Eric and there may be some things we do with Eric that we didn't do with Jimmy." Lombardi and head coach Jim Caldwell both talked about having Ebron and returning starter Brandon Pettigrew on the field at the same time. Joseph Fauria will continue to be used in red-zone situations. "It creates difficulties, especially a guy like Eric who is well over 240 pounds that can run extremely well," Caldwell said. "What it does is force the defense to make a determination on how you want to play him. Brandon is on one side and he is on the other; how are you going to treat him? Are you going to treat him like a tight end and leave a linebacker in the game which creates a mismatch in terms of the passing game? Or are you going to put in a smaller defender which also creates some problems in terms of him being able to leverage that particular player from a blocking standpoint and running in that direction would give us some advantages." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Lions have a plan for No. 10 overall pick Ebron...The initial reaction to the Detroit Lions selection of tight end Eric Ebron from North Carolina with the 10th overall pick was - huh? They passed on an offensive lineman like Taylor Lewan? They passed on two of the top cornerbacks who were still on the board - Darqueze Dennard and Corey Fuller? They passed on defensive tackle Aaron Donald? They passed on receiver Odell Beckham Jr.? For a tight end? But it was an easy call, as general manager Martin Mayhew explained. Ebron was the highest-rated player left on the Lions board and he fits a very specific role within new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's offense.

"He's a very special offensive weapon," Mayhew said. "He fits us because he can do some of the things coach (Lombardi) did with Jimmy Graham in New Orleans." Lombardi and Mayhew were quick to say they weren't comparing Ebron, who is 6-foot-4, 250 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, to Graham. But his ability to stretch the field vertically from the tight end or slot positions potentially creates the same kind of matchup issues that the All-Pro Graham does. "He's an impact player," Mayhew said. "He's a difference-maker. This guy is a playmaker. He's a matchup nightmare. He gives us something down field. He's a route-runner. This guy can get down field and make big plays for us. We expect a big impact from him." - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 17/1. *Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina, 6-4, 250, 4.56, 1...A former prep and early college defensive end, Ebron has the ability to create size/speed mismatches as a receiver. He needs to bulk up to be more effective and aggressive in his overall game. He is talented but still unpolished even after setting school tight end single season records last year for receptions (62), receiving yards (973) as well as career receptions (112) and career receiving yards (1,805). Frankly: Ebron has underdeveloped, high level skills and if he puts them together he should become a weapon in some NFL team's passing game, but only as a receiver. His blocking ability is limited. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Buffalo Bills...TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina: The Bills have never had a big-time playmaking tight end in their 54-year history. Second-year quarterback EJ Manuel needs weapons, and given the reliance he had on tight end Scott Chandler last year, Ebron would look marvelous in this Buffalo offense. Ebron has been called a game-changing type of player, someone in the mold of New Orleans' Jimmy Graham due to his size and speed combination. The Bills don't have anyone like him on their roster. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 13. Eric Ebron TE, North Carolina (6-4, 250, 4.60, JR)...A wide receiver in a tight end's body, Ebron is a freakish athlete with the ability to make highlight-reel catches look easy. He is a work-in-progress as a blocker and will drop some easy ones, but his fluid athleticism and playmaking ability at the position are near elite. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Tight Ends: *Eric Ebron, North Carolina, 6-4, 250...A former prep and early college defensive end, Ebron has the ability to create size/speed mismatches as a receiver. He needs to bulks up to be more effective and aggressive in his overall game. He is talented but unpolished even after setting school tight end single-season records last year for receptions (62), receiving yards (973) as well as career receptions (112) and career receiving yards (1,805). Frankly: Ebron has some underdeveloped high-level skills and if he puts them together he should become a weapon in some NFL teams passing game, but only as a receiver because his blocking ability is limited. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on the New York Giants' draft radar: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina: The Giants are looking for better protection and big-play targets for Manning, and could see Ebron as capable of helping in both areas. Before sustaining a serious injury to his back, similarly gifted tight end Jermichael Finley starred during the time he shared with McAdoo in Green Bay. Ebron is a terrific athlete with the size, agility and straight-line speed to be a mismatch nightmare. He will drop the occasional easy pass but shows good hands overall, including the ability to extend and snatch passes outside of his frame. While best known for his ability as a receiver, Ebron is physical and competitive at the point of attack. There is no question that he'd fill a significant need and is worthy of the Giants' pick. There is, however, some concern as to whether Ebron's healthy ego might clash with the old-school Coughlin. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Miami's draft radar: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina: The Dolphins received better than anticipated production from Charles Clay a year ago, but if an impact player at tight end like Ebron is still available, Miami shouldn't let him get passed the 19th pick. He set a new ACC record for receiving yards last season at North Carolina, breaking Vernon Davis old mark, operating mostly out of the slot in college. He lacks elite bulk and is a work-in-progress as a blocker, but his long arms, catching radius and exceptional athleticism allows Ebron to make "wow" catches at all levels of the field. He has Pro Bowl potential as a joker tight end and could really help Ryan Tannehill open the offense for the Dolphins. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/03/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 4 Pro Days takeaways...5. Ebron's case of the dropsies. The top question with North Carolina's Eric Ebron isn't whether or not he's the top tight end in this class (he is). The better question is how high will he go? Already viewed as a possible top-10 pick, he had a chance to help himself even more at his pro day in Chapel Hill, but a few drops were the lasting image for several in attendance.

Ebron is a special athlete with impressive tools for the position, but on tape he isn't the most reliable finisher with inconsistent focus, making some of the toughest catches look easy, but too many routine ones hit the ground. And his pro day backed up what he showed on film -- awesome potential due to his athleticism, developing strength and overall attitude, but he needs some seasoning to his game to help with the inconsistency issues. Nonetheless, Ebron did nothing at his pro day to dissuade teams from not taking him in the first half of round one. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 14. *Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina, 6-4, 245, 4.67, 1...He is talented but still unpolished even after setting school tight end single season records last year for receptions (62), receiving yards (973) as well as career receptions (112) and career receiving yards (1,805). A former prep and early college defensive end, Ebron has the ability to create size/speed mismatches as a receiver. If he bulks up he can be even more effective and aggressive in his overall game. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina, 6-4 245, Jr., Greensboro, NC...A native of Greensboro, N.C., Ebron led the Tar Heels with 55 catches for 895 yards and three touchdowns. He set the ACC single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end and set the single-season school record for receptions by a tight end. - North Carolina football

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE-Eric Ebron, Jr., North Carolina (38)...A Mackey Award finalist as one of the nation's top tight ends, Ebron established school records for single-season receptions (55), single-season receiving yards (895), career receptions (105) and career receiving yards (1,727) at the position this season. Ebron's 895 receiving yards in 2013 are an ACC record for a tight end, besting the mark of 871 set by Maryland's Vernon Davis in 2005. The Greensboro, N.C., native is poised to be the first Carolina tight end to lead the Tar Heels in receiving since Mike Chatham in 1979 and 1980. - North Carolina football

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina, 6-4, 245, Jr., Greensboro, N.C. (178)...Has been selected First Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). - North Carolina football

11/25/2013 - Tar Heels TE Ebron to declare for NFL Draft...North Carolina Tar Heels junior tight end Eric Ebron will skip his senior season and declare for the 2014 NFL Draft. The Tar Heels will play their final home game on Saturday against No. 24 Duke. Ebron is rated as the No. 2 tight end and No. 26 prospect overall eligible for the upcoming draft, according to current ratings by NFLDraftScout.com. Texas Tech junior Jace Amaro (No. 17 overall), who is reportedly on the fence regarding his NFL decision, is the only tight end currently ranked ahead of him. "I'm proud of what he's accomplished and how he's represented North Carolina," Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora said of Ebron. "We're sad to see him go but excited for his future."

Ebron leads all ACC tight ends in catches (50) and receiving yards (774) this season, which are also career-bests and tops on the Tar Heels. He set a new school single-game record with 199 yards receiving and eight catches against Miami on Oct. 17, a game that put him on the national radar. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end has fluid body control and agile feet to make acrobatic catches before shrugging off and accelerating past defenders with the speed to finish.

Despite having some focus drops, Ebron has shown the ability to make impressive catches on the outside, down the seam and even the one-hand variety. He is still a work-in-progress as a blocker, but the physical talent is what makes him such an exciting prospect. - The Sports Xchange

10/22/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 8 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina...Over the summer, it was surprising to some that I had Ebron as my No. 1 draft-eligible tight end prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft, over more well-known players like Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins. And while he has had a solid junior campaign so far in 2013, his performance last Thursday against Miami really put him on the national radar. With dozens of scouts in attendance, Ebron set a new school tight end record with 199 yards receiving on eight catches and one touchdown, which came on a 71-yard catch-and-run.

He showed off his fluid body control to make acrobatic catches before shrugging off and accelerating past defenders with the speed to finish. Ebron made several impressive catches on the outside, down the seam and even the one-hand variety that made everyone in attendance go "ooh" and "ahh." He is still very much a work-in-progress as a blocker and needs to improve his reliability catching the easy passes, but the physical talent is what makes him such an exciting prospect. Right now, it's neck-and-neck in my mind between Ebron and Texas Tech's Jace Amaro (also a junior) for the top tight end distinction for the 2014 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/17/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior TE Eric Ebron is third nationally among tight ends in receptions (4.6) and receiving yards (66.6) per game (66.6). With half the season to do, he needs 17 more receptions to match his own school single-season record for catches by a tight end. - The Sports Xchange

10/17/2013 - Dallas Crawford turned in a big performance in relief of Miami's star runner to keep the No. 10 Hurricanes unbeaten. Crawford had a 3-yard touchdown with 16 seconds left to give Miami a 27-23 victory over North Carolina on Thursday night. Crawford's short score ended a 90-yard drive by the Hurricanes (6-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who lost top rusher Duke Johnson to an early injury. But Crawford finished with 137 yards on 33 carries - surpassing his season totals in both categories - and two touchdowns to help the Hurricanes barely avoid a big upset. The Hurricanes won despite Stephen Morris throwing four interceptions, as many as he had thrown all year, while the defense surrendered a season-high 500 yards against the Tar Heels' no-huddle scheme. But Miami got the stop it needed at the end, with Bryn Renner's final heave into the end zone from the Miami 28 falling incomplete on the game's final play.

The loss was the latest stinging setback for the Tar Heels (1-5, 0-3), who entered the year with hopes of winning the ACC's Coastal Division but now find themselves off to their worst start since 2006. They led this one 23-13 early in the fourth only to see Crawford score twice in the final 11?? minutes to erase the deficit. Eric Ebron had eight catches for 199 yards - a single-game record for a North Carolina tight end - while Quinshad Davis also hauled in a touchdown pass from Renner. - AP Sports

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 27. Eric Ebron*, TE, North Carolina (6-4, 245): Ebron is a highly athletic and versatile prospect. He is not only a matchup nightmare and powerful in-line blocker at TE but also stars as an occasional defensive end. He could leap to the top of the tight-end class with more consistency in 2013. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 28. TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina (6-4, 245, 4.67)* -- A highly athletic and versatile prospect who stars not only as a matchup nightmare and powerful in-line blocker but as an occasional defensive end, Ebron could leap to the top of the tight end class with more consistency in 2013. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/29/2013 - Scouting the North Carolina passing game: With QB Bryn Renner, the Tar Heels have the most accurate passer in the conference. He will have his top receiver back, WR Quinshad Davis, and TE Eric Ebron also is a threat. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2013 - Eric Ebron has the strength to block up front for North Carolina, the speed to sprint by defenders after the catch and the versatility to be an all-over-the-field threat. It's why coach Larry Fedora is pushing his tight end for a big season in the Tar Heels' no-huddle offense. The 6-foot-4 junior set a program record for catches and yards receiving for a tight end last year. Now Fedora wants his preseason all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick aiming for more - a dozen touchdowns, in fact - in a season that begins with Thursday's trip to No. 6 South Carolina. ''How many tight ends in college football ever score 12 touchdowns?'' Ebron said. ''So in order to be different, you have to set goals that are different. To me, that's a goal that rarely anyone has accomplished and it'll separate me from others.''

Ebron started 11 games and finished with 40 catches for 625 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. He was the team's fourth-leading receiver as a first-time starter in a no-huddle spread offense that set program single-season records for total yardage and scoring average. And he's athletic enough that he even saw spot duty on the defensive line in a win against rival North Carolina State last season. Fedora compared Ebron's talent to Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew, whom Fedora coached as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State before his first head coaching stop at Southern Mississippi. Fedora and tight ends coach Walt Bell spent training camp pushing Ebron to do even more than last year. The 12-touchdown goal would tie the program's single-season receiving record, regardless of position. ''I'm wanting him to push himself beyond what he thinks he can go and understand we're going to try to push him beyond where he thinks he can go,'' Fedora said. - AP Sports

08/11/2013 - TOP NORTH CAROLINA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. TE Eric Ebron (6-4, 230, 4.67)*...The underclassmen group of tight end prospects will be an interesting collection of talent to watch this season with well-known names like Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Oregon's Colt Lyerla. But don't count out Ebron as an NFL prospect who could emerge as a first-round caliber tight end between now and next April. He finished second on the team last season in receiving yards (625), adding 40 catches and four touchdowns while also taking snaps on defense as an edge rusher. Ebron is a fantastic athlete with the speed and short-area burst to get off the line and create room to work against defenders.

He still needs to grow as a pass-catcher to be more reliable as a finisher, but he works hard to box out and attack the ball in the air. Ebron is a mean, physical blocker who will extend his long arms to jolt defenders and drive them from the play. He does need to stay under control at the point of attack to lock onto his man and stay balanced through contact. Overall, Ebron has a terrific combination of natural athleticism and raw strength that is needed for the position and if he continues to develop his body and focus on the details, he has the makings of a starting dual-threat tight end in the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: TE Eric Ebron - As a sophomore in 2012, Ebron set school single-season receiving records for a tight end with 40 catches for 620 yards. - The Sports Xchange

07/24/2013 - 2013 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): TE Eric Ebron, UNC, (35), Jr., Greensboro, N.C.,...Ebron received the nod at right end after hauling in 40 catches for 625 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. Both marks were Carolina single-season records for a tight end. Top Four in Voting By Position: Tight End: 1. Eric Ebron, UNC (35)...2. Nick O'Leary, FSU (12)...3. Jake McGee, UVa (11)...4. Braxton Deaver, DU (4). - North Carolina football

07/17/2013 - 2013 MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: Eric Ebron, North Carolina...Ebron had one of the most prolific seasons in school history in 2012, setting new Carolina records for receptions (40) and receiving yards (625) by a tight end. He also scored four touchdowns and earned second-team All-ACC honors from both the media and the coaches. Entering his junior year, Ebron was a preseason first-team All-ACC and fourth-team All-America selection by Phil Steele. - North Carolina football

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 1/10 - Eric Ebron, TE, 6-4, 250, North Carolina...New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is incorporating some concepts of the New Orleans offense into the Lions' attack, and one of those is the use of a big-bodied, athletic pass catching tight end to attack the middle and down the seams - ala Jimmy Graham. The Lions feel like they drafted that player in Ebron. The Lions feel he's fast enough (4.6 40) to beat linebackers and strong safeties and big enough to outmuscle cornerbacks. - The Sports Xchange
 

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