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Buffalo Bills join in Tar Heel draft derby

Eight North Carolina players were selected within the first 171 slots and four players inside the first two rounds. The only positional group not represented was tight end. The Buffalo Bills snagged Tar Heels with consecutive picks, taking strong safety Da'Norris Searcy in the fourth round and running back Johnny White in the fifth. (ESPN.com)

T.J. Yates one of three UNC players drafted on third day

T.J. Yates began his senior season as a question mark and ended it as a fifth-round pick in the NFL draft. The UNC quarterback went from scapegoat to star in 2010, leading the Tar Heels through an NCAA investigation, both on the field as the school's first 3,000-yard passer, and off the field as a leader and team spokesman with the media. (Charlotte Observer)

Green Bay Packers pick North Carolina H-back Ryan Taylor

The Green Bay Packers have selected North Carolina H-back Ryan Taylor with a seventh-round pick in the NFL draft on Saturday. At 6-3 and 254 pounds, Taylor was listed as a tight end in school after converting from linebacker but likely would project as a fullback for the Packers. He also played on special teams for the Tar Heels. (Examiner.com)

Buffalo Bills select S Da'Norris Searcy with first 4th-round pick

The Buffalo Bills have selected safety Da'Norris Searcy out of North Carolina in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday. Searcy becomes the fourth defensive player the Bills have picked so far. The 5-foot-11, 223-pound Searcy led the Tar Heels with four interceptions last season. (WECT)

Cleveland the destination for Greg Little

Former UNC wide receiver Greg Little was directly impacted by a trade on the first night of the NFL Draft involving another wide receiver. With the Atlanta Falcons eager to trade up during Thursday night’s first round to snag former Alabama star Julio Jones, the Cleveland Browns made a move to shore up several extra draft selections for later rounds. The Browns used one of those picks to select Little (Rivals.com)

Cleveland Browns Take A Chance On Greg Little

After beefing up the defensive side of the ball, the Cleveland Browns turned offensive by selecting North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little with the 59th overall pick late in the second round during the NFL Draft Friday night. At nearly 6-foot-3 and 231 pounds, Little isn’t the fastest wideout in the daft, but he’s physical and runs great routes. That makes him a good choice for Browns coach Pat Shurmur’s West Coast offense. (Football News Now)

Heels that had to pay still strike NFL draft gold

For the first time in the school’s history, North Carolina saw four Tar Heels taken in the first two rounds of the NFL draft Thursday and Friday night. While that’s a nice little tidbit, perhaps the more astounding angle is the fact that three-quarters of that quartet didn’t see the field during the 2010 season. (NBC Sports)

UNC's Bruce Carter, Marvin Austin and Greg Little part of busy 2nd round for ACC

UNC linebacker Bruce Carter, defensive tackle Marvin Austin and receiver Greg Little were part of an ACC-heavy second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. Carter was the second UNC player off the board at the 40th overall pick to the Dallas Cowboys. Austin went 12 picks later to another NFC East team, the New York Giants. Little was the 59th overall selection to the Cleveland Browns. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Rapid Reaction: Giants take DT Marvin Austin

The Giants drafted North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin with the 20th pick in the second round (No. 52 overall) -- one of the Tar Heels who was suspended for the season amidst an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct. The Giants needed an offensive lineman and a linebacker. But in this case, it appears they again went talent over need. (ESPN.com)

New York Giants take DT Marvin Austin in second round

The Giants went defense again, with their second pick, selecting defensive tackle Marvin Austin out of the University of North Carolina. Austin sat out the entire season due to rules violations, and if not for character issues, would have been a first-round pick. He’s 6-foot-2, 309 pounds and can be a disruptive force if he gets his head right. (Asbury Park Press)

Cleveland Browns Select Greg Little

With the 59th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns snagged Greg Little, a wide receiver from North Carolina. Little didn't play in 2010 after being ruled ineligible following an NCAA investigation into many Tar Heels' eligibility. (SB Nation)

New York Giants select Marvin Austin

The New York Giants select North Carolina defensive lineman Marvin Austin with the No. 52 overall pick in the NFL draft. (ESPN.com)

Bruce Carter going to ‘The Big D’

Former North Carolina linebacker Bruce Carter didn’t have to wait very long Friday evening to hear his name called, as he was the eighth selection of the second round of the NFL Draft (No. 40 overall) by the Dallas Cowboys. Carter was considered a potential first round pick for quite some time, but the knee injury he suffered against N.C. State last November that cut short his senior season dropped him back a little bit. (Rivals.com)

Cowboys pick Bruce Carter, who'll move to ILB

For the second straight year the Cowboys have used their second-round pick on an inside linebacker, selecting North Carolina’s Bruce Carter. Unlike Sean Lee, last year’s second rounder, Carter will have to make a position change, having played outside linebacker. Like Lee, he is coming off a knee injury. Carter, 6-2, 240, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against North Carolina State last November. (ESPN.com)

Deunta Williams takes NFL Draft in stride

Deunta Williams is taking the possibility of being drafted by an National Football League team this weekend in stride. Sure, making the NFL would be a “dream come true” for the former UNC safety. Yet Williams isn’t putting too much emotion becoming a professional and neither his he spending much time worrying about what team will pick him in the NFL draft. (Jacksonville Daily News)

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