North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron describes his playing style in one word: fast. (Michael Conroy / Associated Press)
Indianapolis — Of all the players who went through the media wringer at the NFL combine Thursday, few exhibited as much confidence as North Carolina’s Eric Ebron.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end is considered a potential top-10 pick, and when asked to describe his playing style, Ebron needed only one word.
"Fast,” he said at Lucas Oil Stadium. “I play fast. I'm a little bit faster than most.”
Exactly how fast will be seen Saturday, and when Ebron runs the 40-yard dash, he expects to finish in under 4.53 seconds, the time former North Carolina and current Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard ran in 2013.
“I'm going to run a faster 40 than he did, just put it like that,” Ebron said.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said this morning he wanted to re-sign tight end Brandon Pettigrew, but if Pettigrew leaves in free agency, the Lions could be in the market for a versatile tight end.
If the Lions wait until after the first round, players like Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro, Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz, Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Oregon’s Colts Lyerla could be options, though the latter two both have off-field concerns.
Out of all of them, though, Ebron’s confidence stood out. He had 973 receiving yards this season and said he models his game after San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.
“I think why teams don't press me is because they can't,” Ebron said. “I will not be pressed at the line of scrimmage. That's a prideful thing of mine. It'd be best to leave the play to cover y'all’s back.”
Ebron said Thursday he didn’t have a formal interview scheduled with the Lions but loved the idea of going to Detroit.
“I would love it, would love it, would absolutely love it,” he said. “I like the way that Calvin Johnson plays and everything about him. He's a beast, so would you want to play against somebody that you can help or can help you?”