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Top 25 ACC 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch
Jon Heck, OT, UNC: as started 37 of a possible 39 games for the Tar Heels since his redshirt freshman year. A second-team All-ACC player last year, Heck has been a starter at right tackle during his time at UNC. Caleb Peterson, OG, UNC: A member of one of the top offensive lines in the nation as a junior, Peterson will be part of another strong one in 2016.
An inside look at the other draft, as free agents find spots
Gary Shipman was at his desk, thumbing through depth charts and occasionally looking across the room at the TV trumpeting the start of the NFL draft's final day. Entering his fourth season as a certified agent, Shipman is seeking opportunities for three players from the University of North Carolina — linebackers Shakeel Rashad and Jeff Schoettmer , and tailback Romar Morris.
Ryan Switzer goes in-depth on potential of '16 season, punt return record
Expectations are high for a very productive season for both Ryan Switzer and the Tar Heels. Switzer spoke with the media following UNC's Spring Game. Among the topics discussed were preparing for the 2016 season, UNC's final two losses of 2015, the NCAA punt return touchdown record, the potential of UNC's offense, and which early enrollees stood out.
Tim Scott Has Advice For Undrafted Tar Heels
This past weekend didn’t go as planned for some former UNC football players. Landon Turner expected to be selected in the NFL Draft but surprisingly was not taken. No other Tar Heels were drafted, either. But that doesn’t mean the end of their NFL dreams. For some, they are where they’d be even had they been taken, and nobody understands this better than Tim Scott.
Five Tar Heels Sign NFL Contracts
Shortly after NFL Draft, UNC announced that Landon Turner had agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints; a situation that is likely better than being selected late in the draft because the destination becomes the player’s choice rather than being chosen by a team that may not be a good fit. Turner was not the only Tar Heel that agreed to a contract.
A decade later, John Bunting finds peace in his post-football life
Outside the 3,600-square-foot house John Bunting and his wife had built after he lost the only coaching job he ever really wanted, a breeze rustles the boats in the marina. Inside, Bunting is walking up the stairs, past framed pictures of a lifetime in football – there he is at UNC, and with the Philadelphia Eagles; there’s when he snapped his arm landing on Calvin Hill: his philosophy on life.
Quinshad Davis agrees to free-agent deal with Detroit Lions
Former Gaffney and UNC football star Quinshad Davis announced Saturday he’d accepted a free agent offer from the Detroit Lions after going undrafted. The 6-foot-4, receiver set UNC career records with both 205 receptions and 25 touchdown catches. He finished second all-time to long-time NFL receiver Hakeem Nicks with 2,614 career receiving yards.
Darian Durant is enjoying the ride with the Saskatchewan Roughriders
There wasn’t any celebration Tuesday as quarterback Darian Durant marked the 10th anniversary of his joining the Saskatchewan Roughriders. There should have been some fanfare, however, considering all he has done since April 12, 2006, when the Riders acquired the rights to Durant while trading for the first overall pick in a dispersal draft of players from the defunct Ottawa Renegades.
Bengals' OL coach sick of ‘Bodine witch hunt’
Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander walked into Salzano’s barber shop on 4th St., looking for a relaxing haircut at a spot he’d frequented for years developing friendships with the three Italian barbers. Before long, relaxation evaporated. Suddenly he found himself amidst the latest example of what he coined the “witch hunt” of current starting center Russell Bodine.
UNC’s Turner, Duke’s Cash head list of ACC undrafted free agents
The biggest surprise of the 2016 NFL draft, at least from an ACC perspective, was that stars Jeremy Cash of Duke and Landon Turner of UNC, were passed over by all 32 teams in all seven rounds. As disappointing as the unexpected turn of events might have been for the undrafted stars — and everyone else with NFL aspirations whose names weren’t called — all is not lost.
NFL destinations for UNC's undrafted free agents
No North Carolina players were selected in the 2016 NFL draft, but many were quickly signed as free agents just as the draft ended. Check out the destinations for many of the former UNC players: All-American offensive guard Landon Turner, who was a four-year starter at UNC, signed with the New Orleans Saints. Running back Romar Morris signed with the New York Jets.
Landon Turner goes undrafted, signs with the New Orleans Saints
After going undrafted over seven rounds in the 2016 NFL draft, offensive guard Landon Turner from North Carolina has signed with the New Orleans Saints. Turner was named First-team All-America (Associated Press), a Second-team All-America (CBS Sports, FWAA), and First-team All-ACC (ACSMA and coaches) as a senior at North Carolina.
UNC's Landon Turner offers talent, character to lucky NFL franchise
Landon Turner has trained in San Diego for the last two months and worked out for the New Orleans Saints, but as a self-described non-football fan, he's not picky about his next home. "It really doesn't matter at the end of the day because my whole dream has been since I was 6 years old to play in the NFL,” Turner said. If character counts, some franchise may get a steal.
Marquise Williams inspired by Cam Newton
Aspiring NFL quarterback Marquise Williams had a secret weapon to help prepare himself for his UNC Pro Day back in March. He tapped into the same video he always does when he's got a big day ahead: Cam Newton's "Unstoppable" motivational tape. That should come as no great surprise.
Switzer on Trubisky: "You want to see your friends succeed"
After the spring game on April 16th, North Carolina senior wide receiver Ryan Switzer spoke about Mitch Trubisky and his relationship with the quarterback. "I think he feels like it's his time," the 5-10 West Virginia native said. "I think he feels he comfortable with where he is at and I know he is excited to be out there and to be named the guy."