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David Glenn chats with T.J. Yates, May 3

David Glenn caught up with former UNC - and current Houston Texans - quarterback T.J. Yates on Glenn’s afternoon radio show. Among the topics they discussed: the transition from the offense he ran at UNC to the one he’ll be running in Houston; the NFL culture in Chapel Hill and how that prepares UNC players for the NFL; and how he’ll remember his time as a Tar Heel. (ACC Sports Journal)

Texans offensive coordinator on QB T.J. Yates

On T.J. Yates’ senior year while dealing with suspensions on the team at UNC: “That was one of the telling things. He did a great job, particularly in the situations when he moved the team down. The last game he had, the two minute drill, he did a great job, he was very calm. So, that’s one of the things, to be mentally tough particularly at that spot.” (Houston Texans)

2011 All-Undrafted Team: The best of the NFL’s draft-day snubs

Perhaps no one lost more in the wave of NCAA-related suspensions that ravaged the Tar Heel defense last year than cornerback Kendric Burney, a first-team All-ACC pick in 2009 who'd started every game of his career before being sidelined with eligibility questions. Burney returned to start the last six games, adding a pair of interceptions to bring his career total to eleven. (Rivals.com)

Robert Quinn offered hope in player's time of need

Soon after an operation to shrink the tumor and reduce the swelling to his brain, Robert Quinn was back playing sports and on his way to becoming a scholarship athlete and a future NFL first-round draft pick. And now here he was at the hospital trying to provide some inspiration for another young football player named Lavelle Sloan, who had recently learned that he too had a tumor lodged on his brain. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Mark Paschal hopes to be an agent of change

A rookie agent with Ayrault Sports in his hometown of Charlotte, Mark Paschal's clients include former North Carolina teammates T.J. Yates and Zach Pianalto and former N.C. State opponent Owen Spencer. As they waited through the second and third days of the draft, Paschal suffered with them, living vicariously through their agony and, he hopes, eventual success. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Suspension helped Browns' draft pick Greg Little mature

Greg Little, the Browns' second-round pick in Friday's second round of the NFL Draft, thinks his season-long suspension in 2010 was the best thing that happened to him. "It was really tough for me, man," said Little, one of several North Carolina Tar Heels who sat out the season after accepting improper agent benefits. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Giants' GM Jerry Reese On Marvin Austin

Marvin Austin didn't play this past season. We did a lot of work on him. He was very highly rated on our board. The value was tremendous at that point. Again, we did a lot of homework on him. We couldn't pass him up. (Big Blue View)

Buffalo Bills in a Southern comfort zone

The 5-foot-10, 223-pound Da'Norris Searcy provides insurance, but also adds more talent to the safety position. He was overshadowed by the numerous high-profile Tar Heel defensive draft picks, but ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. had him rated as the second-best strong safety. Johnny White was rated too high on the Bills' draft board to pass up in Round Five. He is a complementary back with outstanding speed. (Buffalo News)

Tar Heels Lead The Nation With Nine NFL Picks

A school-record nine North Carolina players were selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, including five on Saturday. Safety Da'Norris Searcy, running back Johnny White, quarterback T.J. Yates, linebacker Quan Sturdivant and tight end Ryan Taylor were picked in final four rounds of the draft to give the Tar Heels nine overall selections. (Tar Heel Blue)

Bob Sturm: Bruce Carter Tape

The Cowboys take Bruce Carter from Butch Davis' North Carolina in the 2nd Round at Pick #40. I will readily admit I don't know much about his work and therefore would not pretend to have much of an opinion on his work. However, here are a few quotes from anonymous scouts who spoke to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal about Carter: "Good player. Active and instinctive. Nose for the ball. Not a bad hitter. Not a killer." (Dallas Morning News)

Five Heels Picked on Day 3

Da'Norris Searcy (4th round to Buffalo), Johnny White (5th round to Buffalo), T.J. Yates (5th round to Houston), Quan Sturdivant (6th round, Arizona) and Ryan Taylor (7th round, Green Bay) continued the Tar Heel run in the 2011 Draft on Saturday. "It’s just a whole bunch of excitement right now," Searcy said. (Inside Carolina)

Packers draft Ryan Taylor

The Packers drafted North Carolina tight end Ryan Taylor in the seventh round with the 218th pick. He stands 6-3 and weights 254. He played both tight end and linebacker, similar to the Packers’ Spencer Havner. He’s also listed as an outstanding special teams player. (Green Bay Press Gazette)

Bruce Carter Receiving Call From Jerry Jones

LB Bruce Carter from UNC gets a call from owner Jerry Jones telling him he is a Cowboy. (Dallas Cowboys)

Johnny White selected by Buffalo Bills in NFL Draft

Former Asheville High and North Carolina running back Johnny White was selected Saturday by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. White was taken by the Bills with the second pick in the round. He was the 133rd player selected overall. "It’s a weight lifted off my shoulders," white said. "This has been a childhood dream to be drafted. I’m so honored and blessed that it worked out.” (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Arizona goes for ILB Quan Sturdivant from Tar Heels

The Arizona Cardinals have used their sixth-round pick to select Quan Sturdivant, an inside linebacker from North Carolina who many had projected to go much earlier in the NFL draft. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound player missed five games with a hamstring injury last season. He led the Tar Heels in tackles as a sophomore and junior and, despite missing so much action with an injury, was third on the team with 61 last season. (NewsOK.com)

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