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UNC senior DB Tim Scott has "really struggled since moving to safety," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Scott started 32 games at corner before Tar Heels' coaches asked him to play free safety in last year's Belk Bowl. He played so well in that game -- six tackles and a sack -- that he was moved to safety permanently. "After showing next level skill at cornerback the prior two seasons, Scott has really struggled since moving to safety on a full time basis this year," Pauline wrote. "He looked sluggish, slow to respond and indecisive as the Tar Heels scratched out a victory over San Diego State. In one series during the third quarter Scott was late in coverage which resulted in a 59-yard pass completion for SDSU then was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul penalty. And while he had some positive moments during the contest Scott is a late round prospect who best quickly pick up the pace of his game."
Sep 9 - 6:48 PM

North Carolin suspended cornerbacks Des Lawrence, M.J. Stewart and Brian Walker and linebacker Donnie Miles for one game for a violation of team policy.

Head coach Larry Fedora announced the suspensions on Wednesday afternoon. "We’re going to hold all of our guys accountable for everything they do on the field and off the field," Fedora said. "We also have very high expectations for our guys in this program and they didn’t meet those expectations." The four players were reportedly involved in a hazing incident, though Fedora didn't get into that. He said he was unsure if the school had completed its investigation, but that he felt he had enough information to make the decision. UNC opens with Liberty, so they shouldn't miss the depth; all suspended players were backups.
Aug 27 - 7:56 PM

UNC sophomore WR Ryan Switzer reportedly compares his game to Tavon Austin, according to beat writer Andrew Carter.

Switzer spent time close to Austin, as the slot receiver and his father frequently went to Mountaineer games and reportedly formed a relationship with Austin during recruitment. "To me, it’s like it has no effect on the game of football," Switzer said of his 5'9" height. "Yeah, guys are bigger, but what I lack in height I have other things to make up for." The Tar Heel might be the best slot receiver in college football.
Aug 26 - 10:22 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline thinks UNC senior "bandit" Norkeithus Otis projects to the NFL as a linebacker.

Otis has played a lot of defensive line for the Tar Heels, but Pauline sees him as a 'backer. "I do like Norkeithus Otis, a college defensive end who’ll get consideration at outside linebacker in the NFL," Pauline wrote. "Otis is relatively athletic and makes plays in pursuit as well as up the field." Otis in a unique prospect who did a little bit of everything last year, collecting 49 tackles -- 13 for loss -- 7.5 sacks, nine quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, three pass breakups and an interception. Otis' skill set will be desired in the spring because the NFL desires faster linebackers to drop into coverage in this pass-happy era. Pauline currently sees him as a Rds. 6-7 prospect.
Aug 19 - 12:42 AM

North Carolina senior OLB Travis Hughes "offers possibilities as a traditional weak side linebacker," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Hughes is a solid athlete on the defensive side of the ball," Pauline wrote. "The linebacker flashes ability in space, making a lot of plays in the open field." Pauline grades Hughes as an undrafted free agent. The expert, in fact, gives zero Tar Heels' prospects better than a 6th-round grade. "Towards the end of the 2014 draft process a source informed me they were of the opinion that we’ll see a big drop in the quality of prospects coming from the North Carolina program and he was right," the expert opined. "In many circles the program does not have a senior stamped with a draftable grade and their [sic] are no exceptional underclassmen waiting in the wings."
Aug 18 - 11:56 PM

UNC has lost four players, including senior DT Shawn Underwood, to academic issues.

Defensive back Clinton Heaven, defensive tackle Greg Webb, and offensive lineman J.J. Patterson. Underwood has been a reserve defensive tackle for the Tar Heels over the last three years, but was contending for the starting nose tackle spot this year.
Source: Rivals
Jul 31 - 3:08 PM

UNC senior DT Ethan Farmer possesses NFL athleticism but must improve his technique, according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Farmer collected 30 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble while starting all 13 games last season. "Possesses natural burst and quickness off the snap but has played too upright and struggles to disengage making him more of an occupier than a disrupter to this point," Stephens wrote. "Athleticism is there to develop if he can learn to use his hands and stay low off the snap." Farmer is the only returning starter on the Tar Heels' defensive line.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 20 - 10:16 PM

Derek Stephens of CBS Sports believes UNC senior CB Tim Scott versatility will be valued by the NFL.

Scott started 32 games at corner before Tar Heels' coaches asked him to play free safety in last year's Belk Bowl. He collected six tackles and a sack in a performance so impressive that he's been moved permanently. "Considering the rarity of defensive backs who can play both corner and safety at a high level and the premium that NFL teams tend to put on them, Scott's transition will be one to watch this year leading up to the draft," Stephens wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 20 - 9:55 PM

UNC senior "bandit" LB Norkeithus Otis has "the talent to potentially fill" a "tweener" hybrid role in the NFL, according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Otis did a little bit of everything last year, collecting 49 tackles -- 13 for loss -- 7.5 sacks, nine quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, three pass breakups and an interception. "Although he can be plugged in at multiple spots, it's Otis's natural ability as a pass-rusher that may be his greatest asset, as he demonstrates an explosive first step, active hands, agile feet to change direction and impressive closing burst once he's in the clear," Stephens wrote. "Despite being only 6'1, Otis's long arms enable him to play taller and with more range than one would expect when considering his listed size, and he understands how to employ his shorter stature to gain leverage when engaging taller opponents." Since the NFL desires faster linebackers to drop into coverage in a pass-happy era, Otis' skill set will be desired next spring.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 20 - 8:57 PM

The Durham Herald-Sun reports that UNC LB Darius Lipford entered the supplemental draft because of "academic issues."

"Lipford appeared to be the frontrunner at middle linebacker during spring practice, where he played opposite senior Travis Hughes. However, academic issues appear to have derailed those plans," wrote Gutmann. Unfortunately for The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Lipford, he was not selected during Thursday's supplemental draft. Now that the Tar Heels prospect is a free agent, he could get an invite to a training camp.
Jul 11 - 12:21 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline believes UNC LB Darius Lipford, who is eligible for the supplemental draft, displays a lot of pursuit and chase skills.

Pauline went on to compare Lipford with former UNC supplemental draft prospect Michael McAdoo, who went undrafted and signed with the Ravens a few years ago. McAdoo was viewed as "raw," and Pauline used the same term with Lipford. There is a strong chance none of the four eligible prospects are selected during Thursday's event.
Jul 10 - 10:01 AM

Former North Carolina LB Darius Lipford, who is eligible for Thursday's supplemental draft, "never developed as expected," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Lipford, who missed the 2012 season with a knee injury, had 75 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss for the Tar Heels over three seasons. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder has such a good combination of size and athleticism that his teammates called him "Freak." Unfortunately, those gifts didn't lead to production on the field, in part because Lipford's instincts are considered subpar. "He is a fluid, explosive athlete with clear upside and therefore could warrant a late round selection if teams are comfortable with his medical report," Rang wrote. NFL.com predicts Lipford will go undrafted.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 9 - 5:56 PM

UNC junior WR Quinshad Davis "should catch 75-plus passes this season and vie for all-league honors," according to NFL.com.

The site ranks Davis as the No. 10 breakout candidate in the ACC. Davis exploded onto the scene with a 61-catch campaign as a true freshman, but slumped to 48 catches last season (though he was still a valuable fantasy contributor with 10 TDs, compared to five in 2012). The 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior "doesn't have blazing speed, but he is a long-strider who does a good job using his big body to his advantage," wrote the site. "His size makes him an interesting NFL prospect." Davis is a wideout to target early in ACC leagues.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 1:50 PM

Ravens signed North Carolina OT James Hurst.

Hurst (6-foot-5 1/8, 296) made 48 starts at left tackle for the Heels, earning first-team All-ACC recognition from the conference's coaches as both a junior and senior. He was a second-team pick as a sophomore. Hurst was limited during the pre-draft process after fracturing his left fibula late last December, but is now fully healed. Although a lack of top-notch athleticism may push Hurst to the right side in the pros, he has left-tackle length (33 3/4-inch arms) and is a pro-ready run blocker. Right tackle is a weakness in Baltimore.
May 11 - 2:43 PM

Broncos signed North Carolina QB Bryn Renner.

Renner (6-foot-2 5/8, 228) made 32 career starts for the Tar Heels, compiling an 18-14 record, 64:25 TD-to-INT ratio and 66.5 completion rate. Compared to T.J. Yates by NFL Films' Greg Cosell, Renner is a smallish passer with small hands (9 1/8) and lacks NFL-caliber velocity. He's probably not as good a prospect as Yates was coming out of UNC, and Yates may be out of the league in a year or two. Renner projects as a baseball cap-donning No. 3 NFL quarterback.
May 11 - 2:01 PM


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