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History on T.J. Yates’ Mind

No former UNC signal-caller has thrown a touchdown pass in an NFL game or thrown for more than 58 yards in a contest. And T.J. Yates is looking to change that. “No North Carolina quarterback has even taken a snap (as a starting quarterback) in a regular season game as a quarterback. It’s been preseason,” said Yates. (Rivals.com)

Take your pick: ACC players and the NFL draft

Marvin Austin, 6-2, 309, defensive tackle, North Carolina - Outlook: Although tainted by his role in the NCAA violations at UNC, Austin's talent is undeniable. He was able to rehab his image somewhat for NFL scouts, but it may not have been enough to get him into the first round. Prediction: Second-round steal for some team. (Fayetteville Observer)

Marvin Austin's skill-set fits one need

NFL teams have had to answer two questions when it comes to Marvin Austin: Do his off-field issues cloud his status as a potential first rounder? What is his development level as a 22-year-old player after sitting out an entire season? For his part, the 6-foot-2, 309-pound Austin said he has grown from the experience as it has made him realize nothing can be taken for granted. (Chicago Tribune)

Linked by past misdeeds, UNC trio out to rebound in the NFL

Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn have a lot in common...unfortunately for them, too much. They were coveted high school recruits who went on to star for the University of North Carolina's football team, and all of them could have NFL homes by the completion of the draft's second round Friday night. (USA Today)

UNC players' draft stock hasn't crashed

Taking impermissible benefits from agents and other people cost Robert Quinn, Marvin Austin and Greg Little their college eligibility and the 2010 football season. However, the former North Carolina football players' roles in the NCAA's investigation of the Tar Heels program is not expected to cost them more than a few slots in this week's NFL draft, some pro football analysts said. (Charlotte Observer)

Robert Quinn ready 'to move on'

Having impressed a bevy of NFL scouts with his 4.59-second 40-yard dash and 24 bench press reps, it was easy to wonder what might have been had defensive end Robert Quinn been able to play for the Tar Heels last season. Instead, the soft-spoken junior from Ladson, S.C., prefers to think about what will be, especially considering he's projected as a top-10 pick during this week's NFL draft. (Charlotte Observer)

Q&A with Deunta Williams

Do you have a favorite memory from UNC? Williams : I have a couple favorite memories. My most important and favorite memory was when I got my degree. A lot of my home boys were there with me. But, football-wise, I think when we beat Notre Dame, that feeling that we had when we were at home. Also, probably when we beat Florida State, and we beat Virginia Tech at V-Tech. (Pro Interviews)

Zack Pianalto faces durability concerns at the next level

Making the jump to the next level is difficult enough as it is for a college football player. Approximately 2.4 percent of them make it to the NFL. And that becomes increasingly more difficult when injuries plague not one, not two, but three of your college football seasons. That's what former North Carolina tight end Zack Pianalto dealt with. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Defensive line talent abounds for NFL draft

Most of the intrigue revolves around Robert Quinn and Da'Quan Bowers. Quinn didn't play last season because he was suspended by the NCAA for receiving improper benefits. After turning in a weak showing at the NFL scouting combine, Quinn bounced back with a strong Pro Day. He showed the explosiveness that he possessed for the Tar Heels during the 2009 season. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Deunta Williams 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Notes

Deunta Williams started 46 games for the Tar Heels at free safety. He's a big, physical presence in the secondary. He's very good working forward attacking the ball. He needs some work in pass coverage, though. A broken leg in UNC's bowl game has held him out of workouts and likely pushed his stock down. (Mocking the Draft)

Deunta Williams prepares for NFL Draft

Deunta Williams watched his injury a few times after it happened, but since his rehabilitation started he said he hasn’t watched it since then. He’s moved on from the injury, and he feels NFL teams should as well. “This is really how I feel: If a team passes up on me because of my injury now, then they lost out. They missed out,” Williams said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Ryan Taylor's versatility could prove attractive to NFL teams

Ryan Taylor was always willing to help UNC win football games in any way possible, even when it came to playing on special teams for most of his career. Now, three seasons' experience in that duty could be his entry into the NFL. The versatility that Taylor offers could lead a team to select him in this week's draft. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Video: Marvin Austin on 'Outside the Lines'

Dismissed from UNCs football team in 2010 for violating NCAA rules, Marvin Austin has been preparing for the NFL draft. (ESPN.com)

Cowboys Draft Prospects: Bruce Carter

If not for his knee injury, Bruce Carter would almost certainly be a first-round selection. Entering the season, numerous prognosticators had Carter as the No. 1 senior outside linebacker prospect. Indeed, he's an outstanding athlete--a sideline-to-sideline run-and-chase linebacker with ability to make plays all over the field. (Blogging The Boys)

T.J. Yates wants to change Tar Heels' NFL perception

T.J. Yates finds it a little strange that only one Tar Heels quarterback - Scott Stankavage, in the 1980s - has ever thrown a pass in the NFL. "Hopefully," Yates said, "I can change that." The first step could come at the end of this week, when the four-year North Carolina starter aims to be one of more than a half-dozen UNC players taken in the NFL draft. (Charlotte Observer)

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