Eric Ebron will be heading to the “Big Apple” to await his NFL fate.
Ebron, the former tight end for North Carolina, was one of 30 players invited to attend the draft in New York City, which will be held from May 8-10.
Ebron is regarded as the top tight end prospect in this year’s class and is the only tight end invited to the festivities.
Ebron is also the only player from any of the Big 4 ACC schools invited to attend, though Sammy Watkins (Clemson), Morgan Moses (Virginia), Timmy Jernigan (Florida State), and Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech) are also among the list recently released by the NFL.
Ebron has blossomed since his sophomore season, when he caught 40 passes for 625 yards and four touchdowns. In 2013, he set the ACC single-season record for yards receiving by a tight end with 973 yards on 62 receptions and three touchdowns, breaking the single-season yards receiving mark held by former Maryland standout and current San Francisco 49er Vernon Davis.
Ebron left North Carolina holding several school records at the tight end position, including :Single-season receptions (62), single-season receiving yards (973), career receptions (112), and career receiving yards (1,805).
“I’m proud of what he’s accomplished and how he’s represented North Carolina,” Coach Larry Fedora said a the press conference when Ebron announced his intention to leave school early. “We’re sad to see him go but excited for his future. With multiple tight end formations becoming all of the rage in today’s NFL, oversized, athletic pass-catchers have never been more valued.”
Ebron rated well during the recent NFL Combine, running a 4.6 40-yard dash and recording a 120-inch broad jump, both tops among all the tight end prospects.
He also did 24 reps of 225-pounds on the bench press and had a vertical leap of 32 inches.