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North Carolina's Ebron stands out in TE draft class

| Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 11:05 p.m.

There's no consensus about which quarterback is the best available in the NFL Draft, but there's only minimal debate at tight end.

Eric Ebron of North Carolina “won't block for you,” according to ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. — seemingly an incongruity at a position where that once was the priority. But that doesn't seem to matter as much in today's NFL.

Ebron, at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, is fast, fluid and a perfect mesh for offenses in which the tight end effectively operates as another wide receiver.

“I think he's one of the premier players in this draft,” NFL Network analyst Charles Davis said. “It's rare you'd say a tight end is worth a top 10 pick, but I wouldn't have any problem at all if he was.”

Davis compares Ebron to Vernon Davis, who had 13 TD catches for the 49ers last season. And who does Ebron compare himself to?

“Vernon Davis — his speed, he's powerful, he's very strong at the line of scrimmage,” Ebron said. “Love everything about him.”

Just as many teams feel that way about Ebron, who is likely to be off the board before the Steelers draft No. 15 overall on May 8.

Alan Robinson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. reach him at arobinson@tribweb.com or via Twitter @arobinson_Trib.

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