North Carolina wide receiver Mack Hollins was drafted with the No. 12 pick (118th overall) in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Hollins told the Eagles' official website after his selection that he believes his greatest attribute is his big-play potential.
“I didn’t get targeted all that much in college, but when I got my opportunity, I made the most of it,” Hollins said. “I scored one out of every four times I touched the ball, so I know I can do that, but also, in my mind, I think I’m the best special teams player there is in the country… I know how important special teams is. You might not get the glory and all of that, but it wins games, and that’s what is important to me.”
Hollins, known for his size and ability to stretch defenses vertically, caught 16 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. He missed the final six games of his college career after fracturing his clavicle in UNC’s win at Miami in October.
Hollins was a second-team All-ACC selection in 2015, a year in which he led the NCAA in yards per reception (24.8 avg.). The Rockville, Md. product holds the UNC record for career yards per reception (20.6 avg.) and ranks third all-time in school history in career touchdown receptions (20).
The 6-foot-4, 221-pounder is considered to play a significant role at the next level on special teams. He was a special teams captain at UNC during all four years.