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Mitch Trubisky Headlines UNC's 2017 NFL Draft Prospects

Trubisky could potentially become the ninth Tar Heel to be taken in the top-10 of the NFL Draft.

Mitch Trubisky, QB
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 222 pounds
Arm Length: 33" 
Hand Size: 9 1/2" 
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.25  
40-Yard Dash: 4.67
Projection: 1st round 
Mock Drafts: 2nd overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers (NFL.com), 12th overall pick by the Cleveland Browns (Walter Camp), 2nd overall pick by the Cleveland Browns (via San Francisco) (CBS Sports)

Notes: Ranks fifth at UNC in career passing touchdowns (41), sixth in passing yards (4,762) and seventh in total offense (5,201) despite only 13 career starts; Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist; Maxwell Award Semifinalist; Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist

Commentary: Trubisky is primed to become the first Tar Heel quarterback in school history to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Mentor, Ohio native decided to enter the draft a year early after an efficient junior season in which his draft stock skyrocketed. Trubisky ranked fifth nationally in completion percentage (68.0), 10th in passing yards and 18th in yards per attempt (8.4), thriving in an offensive system that was expanded to capitalize on his talent. He’s able to make full progression reads while throwing every pass necessary to excel at the next level. Trubisky is most accurate in his short-to-intermediate passes, while his deceptive athleticism is an added bonus.

“They will get a very, very competitive, level-headed young man who can make every throw there is,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora said on Wednesday. “He's got the will to win. He has all the intangibles. He's the most accurate quarterback I've been around in my 30 years of coaching. He's just a winner is what he is, and he has a very unique temperament. I mean, he's just very even-keeled about everything, but he has the respect of all of his teammates because of his work ethic and his will to win. I think they're getting a guy that can be successful for a long time in that league, a guy that can, because of his work ethic and his study habits and his will to be great, I think they're going to get a great quarterback.”

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Nazair Jones, DT
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 304 pounds
Arm Length: 34 5/8" 
Hand Size: 10 7/8" 
Bench: 18 reps 
40-Yard Dash: 5.11
Projection: 5th-6th rounds 
Mock Drafts: 152nd overall pick (5th round) by the Carolina Panthers (NFL.com), 163rd overall pick (5th) by the Tennessee Titans (Walter Camp), 186th overall pick (6th) by the Baltimore Ravens (CBS Sports)

Notes: Third-Team All-ACC in 2015 and 2016; 70 tackles, team-high 9.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 2016; 22 career starts; started a non-profit organization in college called Made Men Mentoring  

Commentary: In November 2011, two days after playing in the North Carolina 2A state playoffs, Nazair Jones was unable to walk. A chronic pain condition known as complex regional pain syndrome confined him to a wheel chair as he lost nearly 50 pounds over the next several months. Now, nearly five-and-half years later, the Roanoke Rapids native is set to hear his name called in the NFL Draft. Jones is a physical player, strong at the point of contact and able to play both the nose and three-technique positions.

Ryan Switzer, WR/ST
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 181 pounds
Arm Length: 28" 
Hand Size: 9 1/4" 
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.00
40-Yard Dash: 4.51
Projection: 5th-6th rounds 
Mock Drafts: 184th overall pick (5th) by the Miami Dolphins (NFL.com), 241st overall pick (7th) by the New York Giants (Walter Camp), 175th overall pick (5th) by the Cleveland Browns (CBS Sports)

Notes: First-Team All-America in 2013; First-Team All-ACC specialist in 2015; Third-Team All-ACC specialist in 2016; Third-Team All-ACC wide receiver in 2014 and 2015; All-Time ACC leader with seven career punt return touchdowns, UNC record holder in career receptions (244), career receiving yards (2,907), career punt return yards (1,082), career punt return touchdowns (7) and single-season receptions (96 in 2016).

Commentary: Switzer arrived at UNC after playing running back in high school. His growth and maturation at wide receiver, beginning with little experience and developing into the school’s most productive wideout in school history, speaks to his determination and his skill level. Former UNC assistant coach Walt Bell once described Switzer as being tough to tackle in a phone booth, and nowhere is that more clear than in the return game. The Charleston, W.Va. native is still learning the wide receiver position, which offers plenty of upside along with his return skills for a team looking for a spark plug.

Mack Hollins, WR/ST
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 221 pounds
Arm Length: 33 1/4" 
Hand Size: 9 3/4" 
40-Yard Dash: 4.53
Projection: 5th-6th rounds 
Mock Drafts: 168th overall pick (5th) by the Oakland Raiders (NFL.com), 187th overall pick (6th) by the Jacksonville Jaguars (Walter Camp), 172nd overall pick (5th) by the Green Bay Packers (CBS Sports)

Notes: Second-Team All-ACC in 2015; led the NCAA in yards per reception (24.8 avg.) in 2015; UNC career record holder for yards per reception (20.6 avg.); ranks third all-time in school history in career touchdown receptions (20); special teams captain all four years at UNC

Commentary: A broken collarbone sidelined Hollins for the second half of his senior season and a quad injury while running the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine limited his ability to showcase his immense athleticism for scouts earlier this year. Battling the odds, however, has been something Hollins has grown accustomed to throughout his football career. He walked on to Fedora’s program in 2012 and became a special teams captain one year later before emerging as a lethal deep threat in the passing game. His size and speed make him an appealing choice for teams looking for a vertical weapon to stretch a defense, while his willingness and playmaking ability on special teams will be an asset at the next level. His route running has pushed him down the draft boards, but the talent and skill set is readily apparent.

Elijah Hood, RB
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 232 pounds
Arm Length: 30 3/8" 
Hand Size: 9 3/8" 
Bench: 18 reps 
40-Yard Dash: 4.58
Projection: Late Round/Free Agent (FA)
Mock Drafts: 198th overall pick (6th) by the Arizona Cardinals (Walter Camp)

Notes: First-Team All-ACC in 2015; two-time All-ACC Academic Team; 2,580 career rushing yards (ninth in UNC history) and 29 career rushing touchdowns (sixth in school history); averaged 6.0 yards per carry during his career

Commentary: Hood became Fedora’s first five-star recruit following the Charlotte, N.C. native’s flip from Notre Dame in 2013. His quick burst and punishing running style paired well with UNC’s spread offense as he churned out 1,463 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in 2015. An undisclosed medical condition limited his production in 2016, and questions remain after the former Eagle Scout announced his intentions to return to UNC for his senior season before changing his mind two weeks later. Hood lacks the speed to stand out amongst the other running backs in this draft, although his initial burst and tough running style could be appealing for a team seeking a short-yardage specialist.

T.J. Logan, RB/ST
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 196 pounds
Arm Length: 32" 
Hand Size: 9" 
Bench: 17 reps 
40-Yard Dash: 4.37
Projection: 4th-7th Rounds
Mock Drafts: 103rd overall pick (3rd) by the New Orleans Saints (Walter Camp), 225th overall pick (7th) by the Los Angeles Chargers (CBS Sports), 190th overall (6th) by the Los Angeles Chargers (USA Today)

Notes: Second-Team All-ACC specialist in 2016; led the ACC with a 32.9 kickoff return average in 2016, fourth in UNC history with 4,926 career all-purpose yards; 14th in school history with 2,165 rushing yards, owns school record with four kickoff returns for touchdown

Commentary: Logan’s track speed and versatility make him draft-worthy for a team looking for a speed back with return capabilities. His 4.37 40 at the NFL Combine was the fastest time of any running back, and it’s that speed that makes him a scoring threat from any position on the field. There’s potential for Logan to play in the NFL for a long time as a flex player, doubling as a kick returner and a third-down back.

Des Lawrence, CB
Height: 5' 11 3/4"
Weight: 187 pounds
Bench: 20 reps 
40-Yard Dash: 4.53
Projection: Late Round/FA
Mock Drafts: 187th overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars (USA Today)

Notes: Third-Team All-ACC in 2015; Honorable Mention All-ACC in 2016; fourth in UNC history with 27 career pass breakups; started 27 career games; projects primarily as a zone corner

Bug Howard, WR 
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 221 pounds
Arm Length: 33 1/8" 
Hand Size: 10 3/8" 
Vertical Jump: 37.5” 
40-Yard Dash: 4.58
Projection: FA

Notes: Honorable Mention All-ACC in 2016; ranks sixth in UNC history with 18 touchdown receptions; finished career with 146 catches for 2,048 receiving yards; projects as a possession receiver; lack of special teams experience is a negative

Lucas Crowley, C
Height: 6' 2 1/4"
Weight: 294 pounds
Bench: 30 reps 
40-Yard Dash: 5.25
Projection: FA

Notes: Second-Team All-ACC in 2016; Third-Team All-ACC in 2015; graded out at 84 percent or higher in nine games in 2016; 41 career starts; strengths are his athleticism and technique, which parlayed into allowing just one sack in his senior season

Caleb Peterson, G
Height: 6' 3 7/8"
Weight: 300 pounds
Bench: 29 reps 
Projection: FA

Notes: Second-Team All-ACC in 2015; All-ACC Academic Team in 2014; Second-Team Freshman All-America in 2013; 42 career starts; missed final eight games of his senior season due to back surgery (herniated disk); Road grader known for his toughness and work ethic; played at Florida State in October despite not being able to feel his right leg; played redshirt freshman season with a torn labrum, which caused his shoulder to pop out of socket multiple times per practice


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