** Ebron (6-4 ¼, 253 lbs) is expected to be a surefire first round pick in the NFL Draft the second weekend of May.
"What you see on film is what you're going to get," UNC head coach Larry Fedora said of his brash tight end. "He's a pretty exciting player. He can make every play there is. He's got unbelievable hands. He can catch the ball like a wideout, runs great routes, knows how to use his body, he's got great body control in the air, all of those things. Football's very important to him."
** Martin has long been compared to former Tar Heel defensive lineman Quinton Coples due to their similar body types and athleticism, so it only made sense that the Roanoke Rapids, N.C. native worked out of position at Pro Day just like Coples did two years ago.
"They want me to play any of three or four positions," Martin said. "Probably the hardest part right now is trying to figure out where I'm going to land position-wise. I did both defensive line and linebacker drills, so hopefully that will open their eyes a little bit more."
Martin didn't work out at linebacker at the NFL combine, but he has trained at the new position over the last three months. He told reporters following his workout that he felt the extra training had paid off.
** Center Russell Bodine joined Ebron as the only two underclassmen to declare early for the draft. Ebron's decision was expected; Bodine's was not.
The 6-foot-3, 302-pounder said that while the decision was not an easy one to make, he felt as though he ultimately made the right move.
"I just asked the people I trust to feel around and see what the demand was for centers in the draft this year," Bodine said. "I feel good about where I'm at, so obviously that's what led to me making the decision to come out early."
** Renner was fully cleared in January after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury at N.C. State in early November. The West Springfield, Va. product wanted to showcase more than his arm on Tuesday, however; he wanted to provide a glimpse into his leadership ability by running his own passing drills.
"I did it a different way than some quarterbacks have been doing it," Renner said. "I wanted to run it myself like it was a practice. That's what we worked on with Coach Fedora and even Coach [Butch] Davis before I got here. The quarterback's got to be the leader and set the tempo, so I didn't want a coach to be out there with me. I wanted to run it myself. That's what we practiced and I think it worked out great for us today."
** Running back A.J. Blue sat out UNC's Belk Bowl victory over Cincinnati due to a back injury. Tuesday was just another opportunity to lessen concern regarding his recovery and his overall durability.
Blue is not a stranger to adversity, having dealt with season-ending injuries and position chances during his five-year UNC career. His teammates proved to be – yet again – a rock to lean against during his rehab process.
"To have a year like I had last year, to be a backup and still score 10 touchdowns, and then come back this year, score one and break my back, I was at my lowest point," Blue said. "And then I get around this guys who I'm training with and you get to be around guys with the same goals; guys that have probably gotten injured in the past and whose stock went to rock bottom.
"So when you get around a group of guys that are looking for the same things you're looking for, it kind of gives you a swag, sense of confidence, everything that you need to try to get better as a player."