Eric Ebron (born April 10, 1993) is an American football tight end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Carolina, and was drafted by the Lions in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.



Early years

Ebron first attended North Providence High School in Rhode Island. He played football for the North Providence Jets. He later moved to North Carolina, where he attended Ben L. Smith High School in Greensboro. He played both tight end and defensive end while at Ben L. Smith High School. He had 28 receptions for 682 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense and 68 tackles and 13.5 sacks on defense.

Considered a three-star recruit by, Ebron was rated as the 21st best tight end prospect of his class.[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeight40Commit date
Eric Ebron
North Providence, RINorth Providence HS/Ben L Smith HS6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)253 lb (115 kg)4.67Mar 18, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:   Rivals:   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 20 (TE)   Rivals: 21 (TE), Not Ranked (National), 18 (NC)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


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College career

Ebron attended the University of North Carolina from 2011 to 2013. As a true freshman in 2011, Ebron played in 10 games, recording 10 receptions for 207 yards and a touchdown. As a sophomore in 2012, he started in all 11 games, recording 40 receptions for 625 yards and four touchdowns. The receptions and receiving yards were a North Carolina record for tight ends.[3] As a junior in 2013, Ebron caught 62 passes for 973 yards and three touchdowns, and was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection.[3] He was also chosen as a finalist for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end.[5]

On November 25, 2013, Ebron announced his intentions to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40‑yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20‑ss3‑coneVert jumpBroadBPWonderlic
6 ft 4 38 in
(1.94 m)
250 lb
(113 kg)
33 14 in
(0.84 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.60 s1.63 s2.71 s4.45 s7.49 s32 in
(0.81 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
24 repsx
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Ebron was drafted as in the first round the 10th overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2014 NFL Draft.[8] on September 28, 2014, Ebron scored his first career NFL touchdown in Week 4 against the New York Jets, hauling in a 16-yard pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford.[9] On May 2, 2017, the Lions picked up the fifth-year option on Ebron's contract.[13]

Receiving statistics