UNC’s Top TE Eric Ebron Will Enter 2014 NFL Draft


Nov 2, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) and safety Damien Washington (35) celebrate a victory against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter Finley Stadium. North Carolina beat North Carolina State 27-19. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

After three seasons of college football, North Carolina tight end and arguably the top player at his position for the class of 2014 Eric Ebron will enter the NFL Draft next May.

Ebron informed UNC coaches of his decision, and he will take part in senior activities.

“I couldn’t ask for anything more for a season… couldn’t imagine a better way to end career than to beat Duke and get the Victory Bell back,” Ebron said.

I don’t always do a full post on underclassmen deciding to declare for an up-coming draft, but Ebron’s entry is significant. This is a pretty good class of senior tight ends, and Ebron has a chance to be the very first player taken at his position this year, which would place him firmly in the first round range.

He’s not a 6’6″ 265 pound beast like Rob Gronkowski, but Ebron is a very athletic player at 6’4″ 245 pounds who can play in-line or split out and play wide receiver.

With games yet to play in 2013, Ebron has racked up exactly 100 catches for 1,606 yards and eight touchdowns in his career, though most of those number have come in the last two seasons, where he has 90 catches and seven touchdowns.

Down the stretch in 2013, Ebron hasn’t fared overly well but still is considered a top prospect for the next level and should be off the board in the top 50 picks easily unless off-field issues or injury concerns arise.