NFL Draft Preview

NFL Draft Preview

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- With the 2011 NFL Draft scheduled to kick off on Thursday evening, Inside Carolina takes a look at the potential Tar Heel draft class that is expected to shatter the school single-season record of seven draft picks set back in 1998.

DE ROBERT QUINN
Height: 6'4 3/8"
Weight: 264 pounds
Wing Span: 82 5/8"
Arm Size: 33 1/2"
Hand Size: 10 1/4"
40-Yard Dash: 4.59
2009 stats: 52 tackles, 19.0 TFL, 11.0 sacks
Agent: Carl Carey, Champion Pro Consulting

Projection: 1st round
Mock Draft: 6th overall pick by the Cleveland Browns (NFL.com), 11th overall pick by the Houston Texans (ESPN), 7th overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers (FoxSports)

Notes: 2009 First-Team All-ACC, 2009 Second-Team All-America (CBSsports.com), 2008 Brian Piccolo Award Winner; Missed the 2010 season due to his role in the NCAA investigation

Quote: "The best thing he does is come off the edge. He has great acceleration, great burst, great first-step explosion. He's relentless in chasing the passer. He's an awful lot like (former New York Giant) Michael Strahan." – UNC head coach Butch Davis said on the NFL Network


DT MARVIN AUSTIN
Height: 6'2 1/8"
Weight: 301 pounds
Wing Span: 77 1/2"
Arm Size: 32 1/4"
Hand Size: 10 1/4"
40-Yard Dash: N/A
2009 stats: 42 tackles, 6.0 TFL, 4.0 sacks
Agent: Maximum Sports

Projection: 1st-2nd rounds
Mock Draft: 62nd overall pick (2nd round) by the Chicago Bears (ESPN), 32nd overall pick (1st round) by the Green Bay Packers (FoxSports)

Notes: 2009 Second-Team All-ACC, USA Today's National Defensive Player of the Year as a high school senior; Missed the 2010 season due to his role in the NCAA investigation

Quote: "I learned that every decision you make you've got to make sure that you think it out, and make sure that it is the best decision for yourself and the people around you. Don't be selfish, and don't ever take the game for granted. Don't ever take getting out there and playing for granted, because it's a privilege, and it can be taken away from you, and I never want to go to that place again. I never want to be out of the game of football until my body says I can't play anymore. I want to be out there on the field competing every day, and not being able to go out there and compete was the hardest thing for me. It was extremely hard not being able to go out and put my best foot forward for my team, but I hurt my teammates. I hurt a lot of people by the selfish acts that I had, but all in all I think those people have forgiven me and that's all that matters." – Austin on the lessons learned from missing the 2010 season


LB BRUCE CARTER
Height: 6'1 3/8"
Weight: 243 pounds
Wing Span: 78 3/8"
Arm Size: 31 7/8"
Hand Size: 9"
40-Yard Dash: N/A (injury)
2010 stats: 57 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, INT
Agent: Carl Carey, Champion Pro Consulting

Projection: 2nd round
Mock Draft: 44th overall pick (2nd round) by the Detroit Lions (ESPN), 52nd overall pick (2nd round) by the New York Giants (FoxSports)

Notes: 2010 Butkus Award Finalist, 2010 Second-Team All-ACC, 2009 Second-Team All-ACC; Injured his left knee against N.C. State on Nov. 20, 2010 and had ACL reconstruction surgery on Dec. 14, 2010; ESPN reported on Apr. 25 that orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews cleared Carter for workouts for any NFL team.

Quote: "Injuries happen. It's going to heal one day, so it's not the end of the world for me, so hopefully [NFL personnel] will see that." -- Carter on his knee injury at the NFL Combine


LB QUAN STURDIVANT
Height: 6'0 3/4"
Weight: 239 pounds
Wing Span: 75 3/8"
Arm Size: 31 5/8"
Hand Size: 9 7/8"
40-Yard Dash: 4.68
2010 stats: 61 tackles, 8.5.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, INT
Agent: Brian Ayrault, ASM Sports

Projection: 2nd-3rd rounds
Mock Draft: 52nd overall pick (2nd round) by the New York Giants (ESPN), 74th overall pick (3rd round) by the New England Patriots (FoxSports)

Notes: 2009 First-Team All-ACC, 2009 Butkus Award Semifinalist; Missed five games in 2010 due to a hamstring injury

Quote: "I've got good instincts, I can make plays and I can make calls on defense, so I think I'll be a good player." -- Sturdivant on his abilities at the NFL Combine


WR GREG LITTLE
Height: 6'2 3/4"
Weight: 225 pounds
Wing Span: 78 7/8"
Arm Size: 32 1/4"
Hand Size: 8 7/8"
40-Yard Dash: 4.53
2009 stats: 62 catches, 724 receiving yards, 5 TD; 29 carries, 166 rushing yards, TD
Agent: Octagon Sports

Projection: 2nd-4th rounds
Mock Draft: 94th overall pick (3rd round) by the New York Jets (ESPN), 49th overall pick (2nd round) by the Jacksonville Jaguars (FoxSports)

Notes: His 62 catches in 2009 are the fifth-highest single-season mark in school history; Missed the 2010 season due to his role in the NCAA investigation

Quote: "I think it was a good thing for me. If it didn't happen in college, it would have poured over into the NFL. I'm thankful I learned those lessons." -- Little on his involvement in the NCAA investigation in an interview this week with USA Today.


S DEUNTA WILLIAMS
Height: 6'1 7/8"
Weight: 205 pounds
Wing Span: 77 3/4"
Arm Size: 32 3/8"
Hand Size: 9 7/8"
40-Yard Dash: N/A (injury)
2010 stats: 49 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 3.0 PBU, FF
Agent: Maximum Sports

Projection: 4th-5th rounds
Mock Draft: 122nd overall pick (4th round) by the Buffalo Bills (FoxSports)

Notes: 2009 First-Team All-ACC; 2007 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year; Missed four games in 2010 due to his role in the NCAA investigation; fractured his right fibula at the ankle joint in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 and had surgery on Jan. 5

Quote: "I see it more as a hybrid -- I can do either or. My whole career at Carolina I was kind of a headhunter for the ball and for certain running backs. So I don't really mind mixing it up by blitzing and those types of things or sitting back in Cover 3 or Cover 1 and going to get the ball." -- Williams on his ability to play both safety positions at the NFL Combine


S DA'NORRIS SEARCY
Height: 5'10 3/4"
Weight: 218 pounds
Wing Span: 77"
Arm Size: 32 3/4"
Hand Size: 9 3/4"
40-Yard Dash: 4.57
2010 stats: 37 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 4 INT, 4.0 PBU
Agent: Robert Brown, Universal Sports Management

Projection: 3rd-5th rounds
Mock Draft: 71st overall pick (3rd round) by the Dallas Cowboys (ESPN), 222nd overall pick (7th round) by the New York Giants (FoxSports)

Notes: Two-year starter at strong safety; Missed the first three games of 2010 year while UNC officials worked with the NCAA to determine his eligibility

Quote: "Big hands for a safety prospect and emerged as more of a playmaker during senior season. Gets head turned around and tracks ball. Long arms for a safety prospect. Can reach in and knock the ball away from the receiver without getting flagged for pass interference. Looks to rip the ball out in gang tackle situations. Can drop passes that should catch." -- ESPN.com analyst Gary Horton


CB KENDRIC BURNEY
Height: 5'9 1/4"
Weight: 190 pounds
Wing Span: 70 5/8"
Arm Size: 28 3/4"
Hand Size: 9"
40-Yard Dash: 4.69
2010 stats: 30 tackles, 2 INT, 2.0 PBU
Agent: Peter Schaffer, All Pro Sports & Entertainment

Projection: 3rd-5th rounds
Mock Draft: 73rd overall pick (3rd round) by the Houston Texans (ESPN), 152nd overall pick (5th round) by the Indianapolis Colts (FoxSports)

Notes: 2009 First-Team All-ACC; 2008 Second-Team All-ACC; 11 career interceptions ranks seventh all-time at UNC; 358 career interception return yards ranks second all-time in the ACC; Missed the first seven games in 2010 due to his role in the NCAA investigation

Quote: "I love press coverage. The more physical I can be, the more active I can be, the more times I can get my hands on the ball because most receivers don't like to get physical. So going up there to bump-and-run is a part of my game that I like to do." -- Burney on his style of play at the NFL Combine


QB T.J. YATES
Height: 6'3 1/2"
Weight: 219 pounds
Wing Span: 76 1/4"
Arm Size: 31 1/2"
Hand Size: 10 1/8"
40-Yard Dash: 5.03
2010 stats: 282-of-422 passing, 3,418 passing yards, 19 TD, 9 INT
Agent: Brian Ayrault, ASM Sports

Projection: 5th-7th rounds
Mock Draft: 229th overall pick (7th round) by the Baltimore Ravens (FoxSports)

Notes: 2010 Honorable-Mention All-ACC; Owns 37 school records, including career and single-season passing yards; Became the first UNC quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in a season in 2010

Quote: "I do believe that if you give him an opportunity, I do think Yates has a chance to be somebody that's pretty good. He's got size. He's smart. He doesn't have a really great arm, but there's a lot of people in this league that don't have really great arms." – NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt


RB JOHNNY WHITE
Height: 5'10 1/4"
Weight: 210 pounds
Wing Span: 72 1/8"
Arm Size: 28 7/8"
Hand Size: 9 1/4"
40-Yard Dash: 4.53
2010 stats: 130 carries, 720 rushing yards, 7 TD; 24 catches, 288 passing yards
Agent: Peter Schaffer, All Pro Sports & Entertainment

Projection: 4th-7th rounds
Mock Draft: 78th overall pick (3rd round) by the St. Louis Rams (ESPN

Notes: 2010 Honorable-Mention All-ACC; fractured his right clavicle (collar bone) in the first half at Florida State on Nov. 6, 2010

Quote: "As far as the training camp process, he set it up like the NFL teams would, so just with him having all of his NFL experience really helped us out overall." -- White on Butch Davis's coaching exposure


RB SHAUN DRAUGHN
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 213 pounds
Wing Span: 75 3/4"
Arm Size: 30 7/8"
Hand Size: 10"
40-Yard Dash: 4.62
2010 stats: 129 carries, 637 rushing yards, 6 TD; 13 receptions, 62 receiving yards
Agent: N/A

Projection: Free Agent
Notes: Invited to the NFL Combine; Selected to play in the NFL Players Association Texas vs. The Nation Game on Feb. 5, 2011; Suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in 2009

Quote: "I feel like my vision, first of all, is very good. I can catch out of the backfield and make people miss. I'm able to break long runs." Draughn on his abilities at the NFL Combine


TE ZACK PIANALTO
Height: 6'3 3/8"
Weight: 254 pounds
Wing Span: 78 3/8"
Arm Size: 31 3/8"
Hand Size: 9"
40-Yard Dash: 4.74
2010 stats: 30 receptions, 311 receiving yards, TD
Agent: Brian Ayrault, ASM Sports

Projection: Free Agent
Notes: 2009 Honorable-Mention All-ACC; fractured his right fibula at the ankle joint at Virginia on Oct. 16, 2010


OG ALAN PELC
Height: 6'5 3/8"
Weight: 314 pounds
Wing Span: 79 5/8"
Arm Size: 33 1/8"
Hand Size: 9 5/8"
40-Yard Dash: 5.21
2010 stats: Graded out at 74 percent on the season with 20 knockdown blocks
Agent: GAME Sports & Entertainment

Projection: Free Agent
Notes: Missed the Music City Bowl after having surgery on Dec. 13, 2010, to repair his left shoulder


NOTES:

** The remaining draft-eligible players that could go the free agent route are tight end Ryan Taylor, tight end Ed Barham, defensive lineman Greg Elleby, running back Anthony Elzy and offensive lineman Mike Ingersoll.

** The ACC record for single-season draftees is held by Maryland (11 selections in 1975).

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