I’m pretty sure people are starting to notice that North Carolina’s defense this year is loaded.
Not that I put much stock in Todd McShay’s projections, but he’s got FIVE Tar Heel defenders listed as possible first round picks in next year’s NFL draft.
They are: Defensive end Robert Quinn, outside linebacker Bruce Carter, defensive tackle Marvin Austin, safety Deunta Williams and inside linebacker Quan Sturdivant.
Even if these five never make it into the first round, it is still remarkable to have them all being discussed as presumptive high picks in the same draft. No doubt, Butch Davis has done a remarkable job recruiting on that side of the ball. This defense–one of the best to ever come out of the ACC?–should keep the Tar Heels in every game and enable them to improve upon last season’s eight wins.
Alas, if North Carolina displayed any hint of dynamism on offense, we might be talking about more lofty aspirations…
Quan Sturdivant has a cool name…which means he should be a high NFL draft pick