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North Carolina awarded HC Larry Fedora a contract extension through the 2022 season.

"Under his leadership, our student-athletes are succeeding in the classroom, contributing positively to our community – and competing for championships," said AD Bubba Cunningham in a statement. Fedora's new deal will pay him $2.29 million for the coming season. He is set to make $3 million in each of the final three years of his extension. Fedora has guided the Tar Heels to a 40-25 overall record during his five years at the helm of the ship.
May 25 - 6:47 PM

North Carolina confirmed that senior QB Brandon Harris has signed a scholarship agreement and will join the football team this summer.

In late March, Harris announced his intention to transfer from LSU to UNC as a graduate. Now, his new school has made it official. LSU's starting quarterback in 2015, Harris was benched for Danny Etling after Week 2 of last season. He now joins the fray of signal-callers -- along with Logan Byrd, Nathan Elliott and Chaz Surratt -- hoping to replace one-year starter Mitch Trubisky. Harris is the heavy favorite to start Week 1 for the Tar Heels this fall.
May 12 - 12:45 PM

George Whitfield, the private quarterback coach for North Carolina senior QB Brandon Harris, indicated that he could have an ascension similar to that of now-former Tar Heel QB Mitchell Trubisky.

"Trubisky had 12 games and he’s sitting at the same table as Deshaun Watson," Whitfield said at the beginning of April. Harris transferred over to North Carolina from LSU at the end of March after slogging through a woefully inconsistent career, one which saw him benched due to ineffectiveness in September of the past season. Despite showing plenty of flashes during his time with the Tigers, Harris was never able to put it all together for any real stretch of time, certainly not one that would hint toward an NFL quarterbacking future. At least some of this can be blamed on LSU's blink-and-it's-still-not-moving offense. Whitfield sees a better on-field fit for Harris at UNC.
May 6 - 1:51 PM

Former USC redshirt senior DT Khaliel Rodgers transferred to UNC as a graduate.

The Tar Heels fended off a host of Power 5 schools to land Rodgers, most notably Iowa State, to whom Rodgers initially pledged in January. Rodgers, a four-star prospect coming out of the prep ranks, shifted to defensive line for the Trojans last year after starting six games at center and four at guard earlier in his career. UNC offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic led Rodgers' recruitment, so the 6-foot-3, 315-pounder is very probably moving back to offense for the Heels.
Source: Scout.com
May 5 - 3:37 PM

Colts signed North Carolina WR Bug Howard.

Howard (6’4/221) arrived at UNC as a decorated high school recruit, only to labor through his first three seasons before breaking out for a 53-827-8 (15.6 YPR) senior-year receiving line with Mitch Trubisky at quarterback. Howard was the Heels’ primary perimeter weapon with Ryan Switzer vacuuming targets in the slot. Howard is powerfully built with long arms (33 1/8") and huge hands (10 3/8"). He managed a 4.58 forty at the Combine, but excelled in the vertical (37 ½") and three-cone drill (6.95). Not a separation receiver, Howard will have to earn his NFL keep as a contested-catch winner and possession target.
May 3 - 1:29 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco assigned the Bears a "D" grade for their draft.

Prisco is one of a slew of draft analysts who frowned upon the Bears' trade-up from No. 3 to No. 2 with the 49ers in order to select UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky. Wrote the analyst, "They could have stayed in their third spot and landed him, but gave up too much to move up a spot. If he's a star, they will be laughing at all us. But why give Mike Glennon that contract if this was what you planned to do?" In a slightly more positive note, Prisco did like the team's selection of Ashland TE Adam Shaheen in the second round.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 30 - 2:15 PM

Raiders selected North Carolina RB Elijah Hood with the No. 242 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hood (6’0/232) turned pro as a junior after starting for two years in Chapel Hill, logging a career 430-2,580-29 (6.0 YPC) rushing line with 40 receptions. He ran 4.63/4.64 at the Tar Heels’ Pro Day and is a below-par overall athlete. A straight-line grinder back who lacks elusiveness and long speed, Hood’s NFL ceiling is likely as a short-yardage specialist or late-game clock killer.
Apr 29 - 6:24 PM

Cardinals selected UNC RB T.J. Logan with the No. 179 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Logan (5’9/196) was a committee back and special teams ace all four years at UNC, tallying a career 398/2,165/19 (5.4 YPC) rushing line with 76 receptions and a 27.2-yard kickoff return average with five returned to the house. PFF College charted Logan with only one dropped pass over his final three seasons. Logan confirmed his long speed in Indy with a 4.37 forty, although the rest of his workouts were sub-par. A change-up back with return value, Logan projects as a low-ceiling niche player, albeit a useful one.
Apr 29 - 3:41 PM

Cowboys selected UNC WR Ryan Switzer with the No. 133 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Switzer (5’9/181) was a three-year starting wideout and four-year return specialist, posting a career 243-2,903-19 (11.9 YPR) receiving line and seven(!!!) punt return touchdowns. An exciting all-purpose college player, Switzer disappointed in Indy with 4.51 speed and 22nd-percentile athleticism. Switzer is sure handed and offers plus versatility, but his chances of making an NFL impact on offense are fairly low. He’s a slot-only prospect in the Michael Campanaro mold.
Apr 29 - 1:33 PM

Eagles selected North Carolina WR Mack Hollins with the No. 118 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hollins (6’4/221) originally walked on at UNC and earned special teams captain as a true freshman before blossoming into a two-plus-year starter and registering a career 81/1,667/20 (20.6 YPR) receiving line. Hollins’ final season was cut short by a broken collarbone last October. Hollins helped himself in Indy, measuring in with predictably long arms (33 ¼") and running 4.53. A former basketball and lacrosse player, Hollins will be a 24-year-old rookie. Hollins has drawn generous comparisons to Martavis Bryant. More likely, he is another Andre Holmes.
Apr 29 - 12:50 PM

Seahawks selected North Carolina DT Nazair Jones with the No. 102 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Jones (6’5/304) declared for the draft as a redshirt junior after making 21 starts at UNC, tallying 21 career tackles for loss, five sacks, and 12 pass breakups. He only earned third-team All-ACC in 2016. Jones was charted with more run stops than QB pressures as a Tar Heel by PFF College, and lacks NFL pass-rush tools. A sub-par athlete with 5.11 speed and a 24 ½-inch vertical, Jones was routinely pulled off the field in passing situations by UNC’s defensive staff. Still a long-armed (34 5/8"), high-motor defender capable of plugging the run, Jones projects as an early-down rotational lineman.
Apr 28 - 11:30 PM

Bears selected North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Trubisky (6’2/222) sat behind 2016 Packers camp arm Marquise Williams his first two seasons at UNC before taking the starting reigns as a redshirt junior last season and leading the Tar Heels to an 8-5 mark with school records in passing yards (3,748) and touchdowns (30). A plus athlete with 4.67 speed, Trubisky added five rushing TDs and is a legitimate scrambling threat. On tape, Trubisky impresses as a tough competitor with a quick release, but he showed a tendency to get squeamish when pressured and made only 13 college starts. The small sample makes him a frightening prospect. Nevertheless, Trubisky looks the part of a potential mid-range NFL starter with Ryan Tannehill-level tools.
Apr 27 - 8:29 PM

ESPN analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay both have UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky going No. 1 to the Browns in their final mock drafts.

So does the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn. All three are extremely plugged-in within league circles. "The thinking is the Browns get antsy about Trubisky being available at No. 12 and don't find any takers to trade up," Kiper wrote. "Could Cleveland ownership get involved and insist on a QB here?" Adding to all this, the Las Vegas odds on Trubisky going No. 1 have fallen from 6-to-1 on Wednesday all the way to 2-to-1 on Thursday, while Myles Garrett's odds have dropped from -800 to -350.
Source: ESPN
Apr 27 - 1:42 PM

Both Bob McGinn and Todd McShay placed UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky as the No. 1 pick to the Browns in their final mock drafts.

"Owner Jimmy Haslam intercedes at the 11th hour, deciding that a future with Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler is like none at all," McGinn writes. The Browns could absolutely try to move up from No. 12, even to No. 2, in order to land their top two prospects. But that would be incredibly difficult and lead the team to far fewer resources and darts.
Apr 27 - 8:48 AM

ESPN’s Adam Schefter cited "very smart" sources who think the Browns will select UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky No. 1 overall instead of Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett.

"I continue to hear that Mitchell Trubisky is square in consideration and may turn out to be the No. 1 pick," Schefter said. "Now I know everyone thinks Myles Garrett’s going to be the pick, and I will not be surprised if that’s the case ... But I have got very smart, very well-connected people telling me over the last 24 hours that they think Trubisky’s going to be the No. 1 pick." This would be a true stunner. With the assumption that Cleveland would take Garrett in mind, we didn't understood why Cleveland would let it leak that they were considering taking Trubisky No. 1 overall, since that news would only serve to steal leverage in trade talks if and when they attempted to move up from No. 12. Those reports would begin to make sense if Cleveland actually intended to take Trubisky. Thursday night is going to be a wild ride.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 8:49 PM


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