Tuesday, March 26, 2013

UNC Pro Day news, notes and Takeaways

Last year only one head coach came to Pro Day in Chapel Hill and it was Rex Ryan. He came and watched defensive end, Quinton Coples, and in April the Jets made him their first round pick. This year the Tar Heels are expected to have several players drafted this year including early round projections Jonathan Cooper, Sylvester Williams, Giovani Bernard and Kevin Reddick. There was a very good turn out compared to last year.

  • Two NFL head coaches attended the pro day, Gus Bradley (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals).
  • Three NFL general managers were also in attendance (Lions, Jets and Jaguars).
  • A scout from every NFL team was present.
  • Former NFL players and Tar Heels Quan Sturdivant and Brooks Foster participated in the workout.
  • Senior wide receiver Jhay Boyd had a 41 1/2 inch vertical and it could have been  higher, but the device did not measure any higher.
  • Boyd also ran an unofficial 4.4 in the 40. After an injury ridden senior season he had as good of a pro day he could have hoped for.
  • Marvin Lewis and a Bengals scout was seen talking to Giovani Bernard, which goes back to what I said in early February that Bernard will not make it past the Bengals fifth pick in the second round.
  • Jaguars sending the head coach and GM 
  • Patriots, Texans, Packers and Broncos scouts all seemed very impressed with Bernard's quickness and explosiveness
  • Coach Fedora tweeted that "our guys had a good day in front of the entire NFL".
  • Casey Barth has a lot of work to get onto an NFL roster as no NFL scouts watched him kick
  • Giovani Bernard said in an interview that he "does not want to come off the field" in the NFL.
  • Former Tar Heel quarterback Cam Sexton was on hand to throw passes to Bernard and the group of receivers. 
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