Jim Hawkins, Inside Carolina

UNC's Ryan Switzer Drafted by Cowboys

Switzer joins Mitch Trubisky, Nazair Jones, Mack Hollins as the Tar Heels selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.

North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer was drafted with the No. 27 pick in the fourth round by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Draft on Saturday.

"I think I'm the best returner in the draft," Switzer said during a conference call after his selection. "I think Dallas knew that. I just finished my fourth year playing receiver at any level, so I think my background as a running back, my vision allows me to make things out of nothing happen. I'm also a tough guy. I take risks. I field punts that some guys usually wouldn't, which has allowed me to have success at the college level. Hopefully I can continue to have opportunities at the next level with it."

Switzer initially made his name at UNC as an elite punt returner, earning first-team All-America honors in 2013, tying the NCAA record with five punt returns for touchdown in a season. He then got to work honing his craft as a wide receiver, a new position for the shifty 5-foot-8, 181-pounder after playing running back in high school.

By the time his career was over in Chapel Hill, Switzer had set UNC records for career receptions (244), career receiving yards (2,907) and single-season receptions (96 in 2016). The four-time All-ACC performer also holds the ACC record for career punt returns for touchdown (7) and the UNC records for career punt return yards (1,082) and career punt return touchdowns.

Switzer caught 96 passes for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns in 2016.


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