Heel Tough Blog: 2019 Pro Day Preview

While the 2019 North Carolina Tar Heels are not scheduled to be back in the team’s new indoor practice facility until Tuesday, Monday will be an active day inside the facility as the school hosts it annual pro day. As first reported by GoHeels.com’s Pat James on Wednesday, ten former Tar Heels will take part in a multitude of measurements and drills as they look to improve their draft stock in what is likely their last chance to prior to April’s NFL Draft. Let’s take a look at where each of the Heels prospects stand heading into tomorrow.


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EDGE Malik Carney

The Draft Network: No. 19 EDGE, 5th Round

Charlie Campbell: N/A, Undrafted

Drafttek: No. 23 EDGE, 7th-Undrafted

Ourlads: No. 15 OLB

D.J. Boyer: N/A, Undrafted

Matt Miller: N/A, Undrafted

Carney had a solid performance in Indianapolis, but still remains all over draft boards depending on which service you use. Carney’s ability to stand up and rush the passer should open up some opportunities and teams like his ability to mix his power and finesse moves. Even though he isn’t listed on every website, it seems very likely that Carney will be a day three selection.


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WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams

The Draft Network: No. 17 WR, 4th Round

Charlie Campbell: No. 39 WR, 6th-Undrafted

Drafttek: No. 30 WR, 7th-Undrafted

Ourlads: No. 38 WR

D.J. Boyer: No. 34 WR, 6th-7th Round

Matt Miller: No. 29 WR, 7th Round

Despite not being invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, Ratliff-Williams’ draft stock has remained steady. TDN continues to remain the highest on him, loving his abilities to go up and get the football and make things happen after the catch. This will be a big chance for Ratliff-Williams to show scouts where he stands, which right now looks like a solid day three pick.


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OT William Sweet

The Draft Network: No. 33 OT, Undrafted

Charlie Campbell: No. 26 OT, 5th-7th Round

Drafttek: No. 13 OT, 4th-5th Round

Ourlads: No. 15 OT

D.J. Boyer: No. 22 OT, 6th-7th Round

Matt Miller: N/A, Undrafted

Sweet had a strong performance at the combine, showcasing the athleticism and solid first step that made him such a strong pass protector in his time in Chapel Hill. He is currently seen as a late day three guy and Monday will be a chance for him to build on the momentum that he got rolling in Indy.


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LB Cole Holcomb

The Draft Network: No. 37 LB, Undrafted

Charlie Campbell: N/A, Undrafted

Drafttek: N/A, Undrafted

Ourlads: No. 18 ILB

D.J. Boyer: N/A, Undrafted

Matt Miller: N/A, Undrafted

Holcomb was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine following a strong performance at the East-West Shrine Game, but he has joined the talk for a few major draft sites. His tackling ability and solid coverage skills have sites looking at Holcomb late in this draft process. While it looks like Holcomb will likely have to wait until after the draft to find out which team he’ll be with in the fall.


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DT Jalen Dalton

The Draft Network: N/A, Undrafted

Charlie Campbell: N/A, Undrafted

Drafttek: No. 21 DL5T, 7th-Undrafted

Ourlads: No. 34 DT

D.J. Boyer: N/A, Undrafted

Matt Miller: N/A, Undrafted

Dalton might the most interesting prospect that will workout on Monday afternoon, despite having a less than stellar career as a member of the Tar Heels. Dalton’s career was marred by injury issues and questions about his motor, but he did show some flashes of his high 4-star rating that he had coming out of high school that made an impression on some. If he can have a strong performance, Dalton may just put himself in the conversation for a undrafted free agent contract following the draft.


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S J.K Britt

The Draft Network: N/A, Undrafted

Charlie Campbell: N/A, Undrafted

Drafttek: N/A, Undrafted

Ourlads: N/A

D.J. Boyer: N/A, Undrafted

Matt Miller: N/A, Undrafted

Britt had a tough finish to his career at Carolina following a promising junior season. In what is a solid safety class, it’s hard to see Britt making an NFL roster for the fall, but you never know. Even with that, tomorrow could be a big day for him as he may pursue an AAF, CFL or XFL career.


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DL Tyler Powell

The Draft Network: N/A, Undrafted

Charlie Campbell: N/A, Undrafted

Drafttek: N/A, Undrafted

Ourlads: N/A

D.J. Boyer: N/A, Undrafted

Matt Miller: N/A, Undrafted

Powell’s career was riddled with injury issues, but when he was on the field, he had the ability to play all over the defensive line and was seen as one of the team’s hard workers over the last two seasons. Could be bound for one of the other three leagues outside of the NFL.


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LS Tommy Bancroft

The Draft Network: N/A, Undrafted

Charlie Campbell: N/A, Undrafted

Drafttek: N/A, Undrafted

Ourlads: N/A

D.J. Boyer: N/A, Undrafted

Matt Miller: N/A, Undrafted

Bancroft was as consistent of a long snapper as you could ask for over the last couple of seasons at Carolina, but the fact that he only snapped for punts hurts him. Bancroft will be auditioning for one of the three minor leagues on Monday.


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P Hunter Lent

The Draft Network: N/A, Undrafted

Charlie Campbell: N/A, Undrafted

Drafttek: N/A, Undrafted

Ourlads: N/A

D.J. Boyer: N/A, Undrafted

Matt Miller: N/A, Undrafted

Lent struggled with consistency, but boasts a strong leg. Still, with the inability to consistently change field position, his NFL chance appear to be slim.


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K Freeman Jones

The Draft Network: N/A, Undrafted

Charlie Campbell: N/A, Undrafted

Drafttek: N/A, Undrafted

Ourlads: N/A

D.J. Boyer: N/A, Undrafted

Matt Miller: N/A, Undrafted

Jones had a solid start to his senior season before falling apart late in the season. While he has a strong leg, his accuracy concerns and struggles to be consistent will limit his professional opportunities.