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Tar Heels Ready For NFL Draft

Tar Heels Ready For NFL Draft

CHAPEL HILL -  The 78th NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night at 8 p.m. from New York's Radio City Music Hall and several Tar Heels will be waiting to hear their name called during the three-day event. 

The first-round will be conducted Thursday evening with teams allowed to use 10 minutes between picks. The draft resumes Friday at 6:30 p.m. with rounds two and three.  Teams are allowed seven minutes between picks in round two and five minutes between selections in round three.  The remaining rounds (4-7) will begin Saturday at noon.  The entire draft will be televised on ESPN and the NFL Network.

Carolina has several prospective NFL draftees, including guard Jonathan Cooper who will be in New York for the festivities. 

North Carolina NFL Draft Notes

  • Since 2008, North Carolina has had the second-most first-round NFL Draft picks of any ACC school with four. The Tar Heels had first-round picks in 2008 (Kentwan Balmer, 29th overall), 2009 (Hakeem Nicks, 29th overall), 2011 (Robert Quinn, 14th overall) and 2012 (Quinton Coples, 16th overall).

 

Most First-Round NFL Draft Picks in ACC Since 2008

            5 – Boston College – 2008 (2), 2009, 2011, 2012

            4 – North Carolina – 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

            3 – Virginia – 2008 (2), 2009

            2 – Florida State – 2010, 2011

            2 – Georgia Tech – 2010 (2)

            2 – Notre Dame – 2012 (2)

            2 – Pittsburgh – 2008, 2011

            2 – Virginia Tech – 2008, 2012

            1 – Clemson – 2010

            1 – Maryland – 2009

            1 – Syracuse – 2012

            1 – Miami – 2008

            1 – Louisville – 2009

            1 – Wake Forest - 2009

            0 – Duke

            0 – NC State

 

  • A total of 20 Carolina players have been selected in the NFL Draft since 2008, which ranks third behind only Miami (22) and Clemson (21). Two Tar Heels were picked in the 2008 draft, five in 2009, two in 2010, a league-high nine in 2011 and two in 2012.

Most Draft Picks in ACC Since 2008

            22 - Miami

            21 - Clemson

            20 - North Carolina

            20 - Virginia Tech

            14 - Florida State

            14 - Pittsburgh

            14 - Notre Dame

            13 - Wake Forest

            13 - Georgia Tech

            12 - NC State

            11 - Louisville

            10 - Virginia

            10 - Maryland

            8 - Boston College

            8 - Syracuse

  • Offensive guard Jonathan Cooper and defensive tackle Sylvester Williams have both been mentioned as potential first-round draft picks in 2013. The last time two Tar Heels were picked in the first round came in 2002 when DE Julius Peppers was picked No. 2 overall by the Carolina Panthers and DT Ryan Sims went sixth overall to the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Cooper is bidding to become just the fourth offensive lineman picked in the first round from UNC. The others were Ken Huff in 1975 (No. 3 overall), Brian Blados in 1984 (No. 28) and Harris Barton in 1987 (No. 22). Huff is the only other guard to be picked in the first round from UNC.
  • Speaking of offensive guards, the last time a guard was selected in the top 10 of the NFL Draft was 1997 when Colorado's Chris Naeole was selected by the New Orleans Saints at No. 10.
  • The last time a defensive tackle from UNC was selected in the first round was 2008 when Kentwan Balmer was taken at No. 29 by San Francisco.
  • Carolina has had 20 all-time first-round draft picks, which ranks just outside the top 25 in the country. It is, however, the most of any school in the state, ahead of NC State (15), Duke (5) and Wake Forest (4).

 

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