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Eric Ebron
TE #85
Height:
6-4
Weight:
265
Age:
21
College:
North Carolina
Hometown:
Greensboro, NC
Experience:
R

Quick Stats (2014):

REC
25
YDS
248
AVG
9.9
TDS
1
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 25 248 9.9 22 1 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2014 DET 13 7 25 248 9.9 22 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 NYG W 35-14 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 @CAR L 7-24 3 38 12.7 17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 GB W 19-7 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 @NYJ W 24-17 3 34 11.3 16 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 BUF L 14-17 2 8 4 5 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 @MIN W 17-3 2 23 11.5 12 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 NO W 24-23 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 @ATL W 22-21 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 MIA W 20-16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 @ARI L 6-14 4 22 5.5 8 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 @NE L 9-34 2 23 11.5 17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
13 CHI W 34-17 3 23 7.7 13 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
14 TB W 34-17 3 28 9.3 12 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
15 MIN W 16-14 1 11 11 11 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
16 @CHI W 20-14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
17 @GB L 20-30 2 38 19 22 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

The top tight end in the 2014 NFL Draft after a three-year career at North Carolina, Ebron’s massive frame and fluid movement to get downfield create a versatile, new weapon for the Lions offense. Selected by the Lions with the 10th overall pick, is one of only four tight ends (Brandon Pettigrew, 2009; Jermaine Gresham, 2010; Tyler Eifert, 2012) to be drafted in the first round since 2009.

MANE FACTS

  • Pronunciation: EE-bron

TRANSACTIONS

  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round (10th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

PRO
The top tight end in the 2014 NFL Draft after a three-year career at North Carolina, Ebron’s massive frame and fluid movement to get downfield create a versatile, new weapon for the Lions offense. Selected by the Lions with the 10th overall pick, is one of only four tight ends (Brandon Pettigrew, 2009; Jermaine Gresham, 2010; Tyler Eifert, 2012) to be drafted in the first round since 2009.

2014: Learning under veteran TE Brandon Pettigrew, Ebron finished sixth on the team in receptions with 25 and finished his rookie season with 248 yards and one touchdown.

  • Targeted twice and helped block for the Lions offense, which collected 417 net yards, in Week 1 vs. New York Giants (9/8).
  • Hauled in the first three receptions of his career for 38 yards in Week 2 at Carolina (9/14).
  • Caught one pass and helped block for the Lions offense that gained 361 yards of total offense in Week 3 vs. Green Bay (9/21).
  • Matched his then-career-best with three receptions for 34 yards and caught his first-career touchdown pass just before the end of the first half in Week 4 at New York Jets (9/28).
  • Snagged a pair of passes for eight yards in Week 5 vs. Buffalo (10/5).
  • Caught two passes for 23 yards in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12).
  • Inactive in Week 7 vs. New Orleans (10/19) and Week 8 at Atlanta (10/26).
  • Collected a career-high four receptions for 22 yards in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Caught a pair of passes for 24 yards in Week 12 at New England (11/23).
  • Hauled in three passes for 23 yards in Week 13 vs. Chicago (11/27).
  • Caught a trio of passes for 28 yards in Week 14 vs. Tampa Bay (12/7).
  • Collected one reception for 11 yards in Week 15 vs. Minnesota (12/14).
  • Key blocker for the Lions’ ground game, which racked up 138 yards and two touchdowns in Week 16 at Chicago (12/21).
  • Hauled in two receptions for 38 yards in Week 17 at Green Bay (12/28).
  • Caught three receptions for 21 yards in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4)

COLLEGE
Ebron played three seasons at North Carolina, where he started in 21-of-34 career games and set school career-records for tight ends with 112 receptions for 1,805 yards (16.1 avg) and eight touchdowns. His 112 receptions eclipsed the previous all-time tight end record of 94 catches by Zack Pianalto (2007-10).

  • His 112 career receptions rank second all-time in Atlantic Coast Conference history. The only ACC tight end to record more receptions in a career is Heath Miller of Virginia (144; 2002-04). Ebron’s 1,805 receiving yards topped Miller’s conference tight end record of 1,703 yards.
  • In 2013, Ebron’s 973 receiving yards set a new ACC record for single-season receiving yards by a tight end, breaking Vernon Davis’ (Maryland) record of 871 in 2005.

2013: Broke the ACC single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end with 895 en route to a First Team All-ACC selection as a junior. Appeared in all 13 games (10 starts) and concluded his final year at North Carolina with career-highs in receptions (62), receiving yards (973), as well as three touchdowns. Earned All-American First Team honors by ESPN.com, adding second team accolades from the Associated Press, USA Today, Walter Camp, Athlon, Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com. Ebron was also named a finalist for the coveted John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end.

  • Caught 62 of the 96 passes thrown his way (64.6-percent), including 41 first-down grabs, nine third-down conversions and six catches in the red zone.
  • Logged his first 100-yard game of 2013 with a six-catch, 108-yard performance vs. Georgia Tech.
  • Set a UNC game-record for tight ends with 199 yards on eight receptions vs. Miami, which included a then-career-long 71-yard grab. The previous mark was set by Tony Blanchard against Wake Forest (1968).
    • His 199 yards are the sixth-most by any Tar Heel in a game.
  • Finished his collegiate career with seven receptions for 73 yards vs. Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl.

2012: Took over the Tar Heels’ starting tight end duties as a sophomore, starting all 11 games he appeared in. Earned a consensus All-ACC Second Team selection and finished the season with 40 catches for 625 yards (15.6-avg) and a career-high four touchdowns. Among his 40 receptions included 30 first-down grabs and eight third-down conversions.

  • Scored his first touchdown of the year on a six-yard score vs. Wake Forest. Finished the game with four catches for 55 yards.
  • Pulled double duty against North Carolina State, hauling in four catches on 79 yards and filling in due to injuries along the defensive line late in the game.

2011: Appeared in all 10 games as a true freshman, ending the season with 10 catches for 207 yards (20.7 avg). His 10 catches ranked fifth on the team.

  • Recorded his first-career reception on a 27-yard catch in the Tar Heels’ second game of the season vs. Rutgers.
  • Scored his first-career touchdown at Georgia Tech on a 20-yard pass.

PERSONAL
Played his prep ball at Smith (N.C.) High School in Greensboro under head coach Rodney Brewington. Rated as the eighth-best tight end in the nation by ESPNU and ranked 20th among high school tight ends by Scout.com.

  • Voted to the Associated Press North Carolina All-State team as a senior, earning a roster spot on North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team.
  • As a senior, concluded his high school career with 28 receptions for 682 yards and 10 touchdowns. Also played defensive end, where he posted 68 tackles and 13.5 sacks in 2010.
  • Majored in communication studies at North Carolina.
  • Son of Gina Jackson and Eric Ebron Sr.

EBRON'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Receptions: 4 at Ari 11/16/14
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 1 at NYJ 9/28/14
  • Receiving Yards: 38 (twice) Last at GB 12/28/14
  • Long Reception: 22 at GB 12/28/14

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