Day 2: Thornton, Evans, Curry, Monk drafted

Day 2: Thornton, Evans, Curry, Monk drafted

Four more Tar Heels were selected on Sunday, the second day of the NFL Draft -- OLB David Thornton (Indianapolis, 106th), DE Joey Evans (Cincinnati, 219th), QB Ronald Curry (Oakland, 235th), OLB Quincy Monk (NY Giants, 246).

New York ----- University of North Carolina linebacker David Thornton was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft on Sunday. Thornton was the eighth pick in the fourth round, the 106th overall selection.

"I'm very excited," said Thornton, who watched the draft in his hometown of Goldsboro with his family. "I was getting a little anxious yesterday after watching the draft yesterday and not being selected. I found I couldn't remove myself from the TV and that probably wasn't a good thing for me to do. But today, I woke up, prayed and felt a lot better. I wasn't really expecting to get picked that early in the fourth round, so it was a surprise when my agent called me and told me the Colts were taking me."

Thornton, Carolina's defensive MVP in 2001, began his career as a walk-on and played primarily on special teams his first three years. He was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2001 season and earned a starting position at outside linebacker. He finished the 2001 season with 131 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks and one interception.

Thornton says he is excited about going to Indianapolis.

"I think Coach Dungy is a great coach and I'm excited about playing for him," said Thornton. "He's a coach who is big on character and I think I'll be a good fit for his program."

Hours later, Thornton's teammates at UNC, Joey Evans, Quincy Monk and Ronald Curry, were picked in the seventh and final round of the draft. Curry, who holds career records at Carolina in total offense and passing, was taken by the Oakland Raiders with the 235th overall selection. Defensive end Joey Evans was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 219th pick and linebacker Quincy Monk was picked by the New York Giants with the 245th overall selection.

Carolina had six players taken in this year's draft. That is the most since seven Tar Heels were selected in the 1998 draft.

InsideCarolina.com Recommended Stories


  • Mack Hollins has a way, it seems, of getting people’s attention.

  • Inside Carolina takes an in-depth look at Virginia, as the Cavaliers will try to snap their four-game losing streak against UNC when the Coastal Division rivals take the Scott Stadium field on…

  • CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The running back talks about getting his first touchdown of the season and how the RB group has handled the adversity they've faced this season.

  • The Thursday night showdown between the Broncos and Chargers at Mile High Stadium (sponsorship withstanding) could see passing yardage a half mile long. Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers are at the top…

  • Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Rob Warner recommends a handful of players who should ride the pine. It may be because of a bad matchup, lost playing time, a nagging injury or an overwhelming…

Forums


2,497 Fans online

Tweets