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Heel Tough Blog: 2024 Tar Heel Combine Stock Report

The NFL Scouting Combine came to a close on Sunday with the offensive line and special teams prospects going through their on-field workouts. For the Tar Heel prospects, though, their time in Indy was already in the books after Tez Walker went through drills with the rest of the loaded wide receiver class. Here is a look at how each of the four Tar Heels that were in attendance this week are trending as they head for the pro day.

Tez Walker

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Walker badly needed a good weekend for himself after such a rough performance at the Senior Bowl and he did just that. He started off the day on a high note, posting a top five 40-yard dash time amongst the wide receivers with a 4.36. He carried that success into the drills, where he caught everything that was catchable and did a good job of getting in and out of his breaks. Teams will probably have a hard time forgetting the issues that Walker had in Mobile, especially with contested catches, but this weekend should have some at least considering him as an option early in the third round again.

Drake Maye

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Maye might not have participated in the on-field portion of the week, but the reports are that the interviews with teams went very well. NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport and Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz have both reported that teams have been impressed in their sit downs with him and it feels like some in the draft community have opened the door up slightly to him being the first overall pick in this draft.

Cedric Gray

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Gray didn’t have a bad week by any stretch, but he wasn’t really able to impress the way that the other top inside linebackers in this class. He ran a very solid 4.64 in the 40-yard dash and showed off his ability to react and change direction in the drills. The biggest issue for him was that he just couldn’t hold on to the football, something the other top guys were able to do. He may not have had as good a performance as guys like Payton Wilson and Edgerrin Cooper did, but this should have solidified him as one of the top four linebackers off the board in April.

Myles Murphy

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Murphy, like Gray, didn’t have a bad night, but he wasn’t able to build off of his performance at the East-West Shrine Game. His 40-yard dash and 10-yard split times were some of the worst among the interior defensive linemen and he didn’t show the power that he did out in Vegas when it came to the stand up bag drills. He did move better than expected, though, in the drills and looked good when having to change directions. Murphy may not have been a standout on Thursday night, but he did enough to show that he is worth a late round flier.


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