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Four out of five NFL Media draft analysts tabbed either North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky or Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer as the best quarterback in the 2017 draft class.

Gil Brandt and Lance Zierlein landed on Trubisky's side of the fence, with Brandt writing that the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder "has good size, throws the best ball of the QBs in this draft and has pretty good accuracy." He went so far as to predict that the Browns will select Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick. Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah, on the other hand, both view Kizer as top dog at his position. Jeremiah notes that the Notre Dame gunslinger "needs some time to develop, but he has a very high ceiling at the next level." The lone non-Kizer, non-Trubisky vote came from Chad Reuter, who views Clemson legend Deshaun Watson -- "battle-tested [and a] physically gifted team leader" -- as best in show.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 3:49 PM

North Carolina received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 WR Beau Corrales.

Corrales opted for a UNC commitment following an official visit this past weekend. He had previously pledged to both Iowa and Texas State, but we are assuming that with National Signing Day just over two weeks away, this Tar Heels commitment might actually stick. Scout.com's Gabe Brooks writes that the 6-foot-4, 203-pounder "plays faster than he tests and possesses adequate long speed to hurt opponents in the deep portion of the field."
Source: Scout.com
Jan 17 - 2:01 PM

North Carolina hired Texas A&M DB coach Terry Joseph to serve in the same capacity.

Just a little juggling on the coaching front for the Tar Heels, here, as previous DB coach Charlton Warren has accepted a job coaching the same position at Tennessee. Joseph had been with Texas A&M since 2014. The Aggies ranked 91st in the country in terms of passing yardage allowed last season.
Jan 17 - 12:33 PM

North Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 RB C.J. Cotman.

Cott had received offers from a number of heavy hitters (Alabama, Florida State and Michigan to name a few), but the Clearwater, Florida, native will instead try to work his way into the post-Elijah Hood landscape at UNC. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder ranks as ESPN 300's No. 245 overall prospect in the 2017 class, with the outlet noting that he is a "[s]mart and patient runner who identifies and exploits tight creases." They refer to Cotman as an "explosive, versatile athlete." Cotman projects as either a running back or a wide receiver at the collegiate level, though his best fit right now is probably at running back.

UNC C Lucas Crowley accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

A three-year starter at center, Crowley was a three-time ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder was a preseason watch lister for the Rimington Trophy, which recognizes the country’s top center. Crowley was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference’s second team after the season.
Jan 12 - 1:55 PM

UNC redshirt junior QB Mitch Trubisky announced he will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Trubisky is a one year starter, completing 68 percent of his passes along with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. Some believe he has a strong case to be the first quarterback off the board. Trubisky was UNC's starter for four months, and now the draft community has four months to pick apart his game. Trubisky plays in an offense with many defined reads (like most), but the focus will be on how he handles plays and pressure once the structure is broken. He joins early entries like Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, Brad Kaaya, Jerod Evans and Patrick Mahomes.
Jan 9 - 9:11 AM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood declared for the NFL Draft.

Sigh. Hood is a fine back, but as was the case with USF's Marlon Mack, Oklahoma's Joe Mixon and others, we think he's making a mistake by declaring early into a historically stacked RB class. Not only has circumstance conspired against Hood, but his body did too this past season. Hood rushed for 1,463 yards in 2015 -- the No. 2 single-season output in UNC history -- to earn first-team All-ACC honors. But this past season, marred by a concussion, he regressed to 858 yards and eight touchdowns on 145 carries, watching his ypc average drop to 5.9 from 6.7 along the way. ESPN's Mel Kiper did not rank Hood as one of his 10-best RB prospects last month. CBS, meanwhile, ranked Hood as the No. 12 back for 2018. With both T.J. Logan and Khris Francis graduating and QB Mitch Trubisky likely to declare, UNC's backfield is in some trouble.
Jan 6 - 2:05 PM

UNC junior cornerback M.J. Stewart will return to school next year.

Stewart formed an outstanding corner duo with Des Lawrence this fall. Stewart led the team with 11 pass breakups and added 66 tackles. He ranks No. 3 in the UNC record books with 29 pass breakups. Stewart was an honorable-mention All-ACC selection in 2016. While Stewart is coming back, the Tar Heels defense is losing Lawrence, safety Dominique Green, and defensive end Mikey Bart.
Source: SB Nation
Jan 6 - 1:32 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that UNC junior RB Elijah Hood is now leaning towards entering the NFL Draft.

This would be a dramatic about-face after Hood announced he'd return to campus last month. It would also be a mistake. Hood dealt with a concussion during a disappointing 2016 campaign in which he topped 100 rushing yards in only two games. In sum, Hood logged only 858 rushing yards and eight touchdowns as his ypc average dropped to 5.9 from the 6.7 mark he posted in 2015. Hood sat out the Sun Bowl for health reasons. We'd advise him to sit out the Draft process this year as well in order to enter 2017 as one of the nation's premier running backs.
Jan 5 - 2:07 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that nobody seems to know whether or not North Carolina redshirt junior QB Mitch Trubisky is leaning towards declaring for the Draft.

"The North Carolina junior has met with agents yet no one I’ve spoken with, including people associated with UNC, can say for sure what they believe Trubisky is going to do," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Trubisky is ranked by some as the No. 1 draft-eligible quarterback. CBS recently mocked him No. 2 overall to the 49ers. "With a quick release and accurate arm, Trubisky is able to quickly diagnose pre-snap and find favorable matchups to attack," Dane Brugler wrote. "He also has above average athleticism for the position to run zone-read and other option play calls."
Jan 4 - 1:19 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood will return to school for the 2017 season.

Hood will sit out the school's bowl game due to medical reasons. Some might characterize Hood's 2016 season as a disappointment compared to 2015, only topping 100 rushing yards in two games and amassing 858 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 145 carries. He did improve as a receiver, almost doubling his catch output over the last two seasons. UNC will now wait on Mitch Trubisky's decision, along with quarterback transfer Malik Zaire's.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 09:36:00 AM

Three of five scouts who spoke with NFL Media indicated that North Carolina redshirt junior QB Mitch Trubisky has the most to gain from his bowl performance.

Trubisky will be facing off with Stanford in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on December 30. One scout believes that "a big game here will start the hype train," while another wants to see how the 6-foot-3, 220-pound redshirt junior handles the spotlight. "He can create a little separation with a big performance," said a third evaluator. Trubisky indicated earlier this week that he had received a first-round draft grade from the college advisory committee. He hasn't officially declared yet -- that figures to come after the Sun Bowl -- but it would be a surprise if he didn't take a jump into the 2017 draft pool when all is said and done.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 03:06:00 PM

North Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DT Xach Gill.

"I liked their defense and the way their defensive line played. They’re everywhere and they all do their keys," Gill said. "I feel like I fit in well with the guys over there." The 6-foot-5, 270-pound native of Wake Forest, North Carolina, was deciding between the Tar Heels and the Hokies of Virginia Tech. Scout.com notes that Gill is "strong at the point of attack and plays with good leverage." The outlet ranks him as the No. 4 defensive tackle prospect in the state of North Carolina.
Source: Scout.com
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 06:40:00 PM

North Carolina redshirt junior QB Mitch Trubisky revealed that he has received a first-round grade from the college advisory committee.

"I’m not letting it take up too much of my time or letting it stress me out that much," Trubisky said, adding, "I’m just trying to gain as much information as possible and trying to figure out what’s best for me, but at the same time, just staying focused for the bowl game." The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is expected to make his draft decision once UNC has squared off with Stanford in the Sun Bowl on December 30. Last week, a rival scout forwarded to the New York Daily News that the Jets are currently hot for Trubisky, saying that they "love that kid" and "[t]hat's their guy." He could potentially be the first quarterback off the board come the spring draft. In 12 games this season, Trubisky has thrown for 3,468 yards while posting a 28/4 TD/INT ratio.
Source: Scout.com
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 01:53:00 PM

UNC senior WR Ryan Switzer accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Switzer registered the first 1,000-yard season of his career in 2016. He finished out the 12-game regular-season campaign having caught 91 passes for 1,027 yards and five touchdowns. That receptions mark, in particular, jumps off the page. Prior to 2016, his previous career high for receptions came when he hauled in 61 in 2014. In early October, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah comped Switzer to Julian Edelman due to his ability to vacuum up passes out of the slot. Switzer said over the summer that he views himself as a first-round talent. Day 2 is probably more likely when all is said and done, but a receiver-hungry squad could certainly fall in love with him over the coming months.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 08:49:00 PM


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