Christopher Smith

UNC TE Eric Ebron To Declare

Created on Nov. 25, 2013 8:26 PM EST

NFL scouts can be forgiven for drooling well after dinner tonight.

North Carolina standout tight end Eric Ebron will enter the NFL Draft after his junior season, the school announced Monday.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Ebron is in the mold of recent athletic freaks at the position and is capable of performing receiver's duties. He's caught 50 passes for 774 yards and three touchdowns this season. Ebron also is a willing blocker, though his size may prevent him from being an asset at the NFL level, particularly in short-yardage or "heavy" packages.'s Senior NFL Draft Editor David Seigerman ranked Ebron No. 26 on his mid-season big board as his top tight end.

"I've had a great time in Chapel Hill and I appreciate everything Coach (Larry) Fedora and the coaching staff has done for me," Ebron told reporters Monday in a statement. "I look forward to finishing the season with my teammates and then moving on to the next level."

With the decision made, Ebron can focus on derailing Duke's dream season. UNC hosts the Blue Devils on Saturday, and the Tar Heels actually are a five-point favorite according to the Las Vegas Hilton. Duke needs to win to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC championship.