Five Tar Heels Sign With NFL Teams

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. ----- Five University of North Carolina football players have signed undrafted free agent contracts with NFL teams, including offensive tackle Kyle Jolly with Pittsburgh, linebacker Kennedy Tinsley with St. Louis, and defensive tackle Aleric Mullins, cornerback Jordan Hemby with Indianapolis and fullback Bobby Rome with Green Bay.

An honorable-mention All-ACC pick at left tackle in 2009, Jolly made 38 consecutive starts at North Carolina. He graded out at 78 percent and had 31 knock down blocks last year.

Tinsley was one of Carolina's top special teams players in 2009 and saw significant time at linebacker. He had 39 tackles in 2009 and earned recognition as the special teams captain.

Mullins decided to forgo his final year and graduate early in 2009. He finished the season with 15 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for losses, and had four quarterback pressures. Mullins played in all 26 games over the last two seasons and made five starts in 2007.

Hemby was one of Carolina's fastest players, as evidenced by his 4.35 40-yard dash at Pro Timing Day. His career was plagued by injuries, though he made consistent contributions throughout as a reserve defensive back and on special teams. His most productive season was a junior in 2008, when he recorded 49 tackles and forced three fumbles.

Rome came to Carolina as a quarterback, but moved to fullback where he was an outstanding blocker for four seasons. He caught 34 passes for 356 yards and one touchdown in his career. As a sophomore in 2007, he tossed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Tate on a trick play.

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