He has the leg kick down and the hip thrust, too, and every time a Michael Jackson song blared over the speakers at North Carolina football practice last fall, Eric Ebron was somewhere doing his best King of Pop impersonation. Not when it was his turn to run a route or catch a pass or even block - yes, he also blocks. But when Ebron had a second to himself on the practice field, he was usually singing or dancing or using it to make someone laugh. “I'll put it this way, he whistles while he works,” said Arkansas State assistant head coach Walt Bell, Ebron's tight ends coach the last two years at North Carolina. “When it's his rep, he works his ass off. When it's not his rep, if there's music playing he's going to be dancing his ass off having a great time, having fun.” Ebron had more fun Friday at the press conference to introduce him as the Lions' newest first-round draft pick. He smiled for cameras and posed for pictures with another former tight end with North Carolina ties in Hall-of-Fame ex-Lion Charlie Sanders, who grew up in the state. He boasted, playfully, about his route running and speed and overall football ability. And, a day after he was the surprise 10th pick of the draft, he said he still was catching his breath from a whirlwind 24 hours. “I couldn't imagine being anywhere else,” said Ebron, who proposed to his long-time girlfriend atop the Empire State Building hours before he became the first tight end picked in the top 10 since 2006. “It all seems fake right now, like I'm not even here ever since I woke up. “I can't wait to get started. Monday's going to be the start of an exciting year. I've been tending to do things like that in my life, making things exciting, so I hope I wow you guys.” If Ebron plays like he did at North Carolina, when he caught 62 passes for 973 yards as a junior and broke Vernon Davis' ACC record for most receiving yards by a tight end, that shouldn't be a problem. He was widely considered the best tight end in the draft, and immediately he'll step into a prominent role as a vertical threat in new coordinator Joe Lombardi's offense.
Detroit Lions top NFL draft pick Eric Ebron addresses media: 'I hope I wow you guys'
Detroit Free Press | May 10