Former North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron is the consensus top player at his position for the 2014 NFL Draft and after saying he said his combination of size and speed should be illegal, all eyes were on him for the on-field workouts on Saturday.
Ebron ran his 40 in 4.6 seconds after being hang-timed at 4.5, but he tweaked a hamstring on his second run and decided to shut it down for the day and pull out of the gauntlet, but thankfully for him he had the first run in his back pocket and it was enough to impress.
#UNC TE Eric Ebron (6-4, 250) posted a 4.50 40 time… No. 1 TE in ’14 class can be a matchup issue for safeties at the NFL level.
— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) February 22, 2014
Eric Ebron = Vernon Davis coming out of Maryland
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 22, 2014
NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said Ebron might be the “most talented tight end” in years prior to Saturday’s workouts and a “more complete football player” than San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis at the same stage of their careers and worthy of a top-10 pick.
At 6-4, 250-pounds, Ebron didn’t turn in a 4.38 40 like Davis did when he was the 6th overall selection in the 2006 draft, but despite the tweaked hammy today, still looks like he could be in the rarified air of being a top-10 selection at tight end with his skill-set that is unrivaled in this class.