North Carolina's Eric Ebron to enter NFL Draft

    Eric Ebron could be a first round draft pick    
Eric Ebron could be a first round draft pick. (USATSI)

It's official. We've reached the point of the season in which players begin announcing whether or not they'll be coming back to school next year, and this year it starts with North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron.

The school announced on Monday that Ebron will not return for his senior season, but instead enter the NFL Draft.

“I’ve had a great time in Chapel Hill and I appreciate everything Coach Fedora and the coaching staff has done for me,” said Ebron. “Coming to Carolina allowed me to develop as both a person and a football player. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I look forward to finishing the season with my teammates and then moving on to the next level.”

ACC defenses will not sad to see Ebron go. The six-foot-four tight end has been a bit of a matchup nightmare for defenders, and he's caught 50 passes for 774 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. 

Here's what CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler has to say about Ebron.

"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," writes Brugler. "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."

Ebron is currently projected as a first or second round pick in the NFL Draft.

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Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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