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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- With the 2013 NFL Draft scheduled to kick off on Thursday evening, Inside Carolina takes a look at the Tar Heels' potential draft class that could include five or more players.

OG JONATHAN COOPER
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 311 pounds
Arm Length: 33"
Hand Size: 10 1/4"
Bench: 35 reps
40-Yard Dash: 5.07
Projection: 1st round
Mock Draft: 7th overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals (NFL.com/Mike Mayock), 8th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills (ESPN/Mel Kiper)

Notes: 2012 consensus first-team All-America; 2012 Outland Trophy finalist; 2012 Jacobs Blocking Trophy Winner (top offensive lineman in ACC); 2012 first-team All-ACC; 2010 & 2011 second-team All-ACC; 48 career starts

Quote: "He's as athletic a guard as you'll ever find. You can see him 30 yards down the field making a key block." – ESPN.com analyst Mel Kiper


DT SYLVESTER WILLIAMS
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 313 pounds
Arm Length: 33 1/2"
Hand Size: 10 3/4"
Bench: 27 reps
40-Yard Dash: 5.03
2012 stats: 42 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 6 sacks
Projection: 1st round
Mock Draft: 25th overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings (NFL.com/Mike Mayock), 18th overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys (ESPN/Mel Kiper)

Notes: 2012 first-team All-ACC; 2012 Pro Football Weekly All-America; 25 career starts; Enrolled at UNC in January 2011 after two seasons of playing JuCo

Quote: "Williams simply outworks blockers at the point of attack and his relentlessness produces negative plays against the run or the pass." – NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks


RB GIOVANI BERNARD
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 202 pounds
Arm Length: 28"
Hand Size: 9 3/8"
Bench: 19 reps
40-Yard Dash: 4.53
2012 stats: 1,228 rushing yards and 12 TDs on 184 carries; 490 receiving yards and 5 TDs on 47 receptions; 198.1 all-purpose yards per game (UNC single-season record)
Projection: 3rd-4th rounds
Mock Draft: 78th overall pick (3rd round) by the St. Louis Rams (NFL.com/Josh Norris), 103rd overall pick (4th round) by the Arizona Cardinals (ESPN)

Notes: 2011 & 2012 first-team All-ACC; 2012 third-team All-America; 2011 first-team Freshman All-America; 2011 Brian Piccolo Award winner

Quote: "I'm very, very picky about how I perform. A lot of people say I was hard on myself, but that was how I was raised. I intend to go at this as hard as possible. You can't control everything. I'll take each day by itself and have fun with it. My brother always said, 'You work hard today to strive for tomorrow.'" – Bernard in recent interview with USA Today


OT BRENNAN WILLIAMS
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 318 pounds
Arm Length: 34"
Hand Size: 10 1/2"
Broad Jump: 8' 5"
40-Yard Dash: 5.32
Projection: 4th round
Mock Draft: 126th overall pick (4th round) by the Tampa Bay Bucs (NFL.com/Josh Norris), 107th overall pick (4th round) by the Tennessee Titans (ESPN)

Notes: 2012 Honorable Mention All-ACC; Missed final four games of 2012 following shoulder surgery

Quote: "You've got Brennan Williams at North Carolina, a big kid, battled injury late with the shoulder. I think he's the kind of guy that could certainly be in the discussion when you get into the third-, fourth-, fifth-round area." – ESPN analyst Mel Kiper


LB KEVIN REDDICK
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 243 pounds
Arm Length: 32 1/4"
Hand Size: 9 3/4"
Bench: 23 reps
40-Yard Dash: 4.72
2012 stats: 85 tackles, 18.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks
Projection: 3rd-4th rounds
Mock Draft: 125th overall pick (4th round) by the Denver Broncos (NFL.com/Josh Norris), 96th overall pick (3rd round) by the Kansas City Chiefs (ESPN)

Notes: 2012 first-team All-ACC; ; led the ACC and ranked 14th nationally in tackles for loss in 2012; 43 career starts; made over 70 tackles in each of the past three seasons

Quote: "They tell me I'm physical. I just get after it, really. A lot of guys tell me I'm old school. I get after it and make plays. They say I'm not the fastest guy, which I'm not, but on that field I'm going to be very fast." - Reddick


OG TRAVIS BOND
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 329 pounds
Arm Length: 35 1/2"
Hand Size: 9 5/8"
Bench: 22 reps
40-Yard Dash: 5.27
Projection: Free Agent

Notes: 2012 Honorable Mention All-ACC; started first eight games in 2012 at right guard before moving to right tackle for the final four games; lost nearly 40 pounds following the 2011 season; 29 career starts

Quote: "I think Travis Bond helped himself tremendously just on getting his weight down and being able to be an athlete, being able to move and having some endurance while playing the style of offense we play." – UNC head coach Larry Fedora


NOTES:

** The remaining draft-eligible players that could go the free agent route are PK Casey Barth, WR Jheranie Boyd, LB Dion Guy, WR Erik Highsmith, DB Pete Mangum, FB Kenny Owens, FB Devon Ramsay, DB Gene Robinson and DS Parker Thomas.

** UNC ranks second in the ACC in first-round draft picks (4) and third in total players drafted (20) since 2008.

 

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