Tight end Eric Ebron, who played at North Carolina, was selected by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night. The pick was announced by Barry Sanders, Hall of Famer.
Ebron, who is 6-4 and 250 pounds, would give the Lions many options in the offense along with tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Joe Fauria.
Ebron compares to San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.
Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com wrote: “Freaky athletic specimens, both Ebron and Davis move like wide receivers, but have the size and length of tight ends to create mismatches in coverage.’’
The NFL draft continues on Friday night at 7 p.m., with the second and third rounds. On Saturday the fourth through seventh rounds will be drafted starting at noon.