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Heel Tough Blog: Pre-Pro Day Draft Rankings

The Tar Heels are just a few hours away from kicking off their 2022 pro day as 10 Tar Heel draft prospects and two former players who are pursuing NFL careers will look to impress scouts. To get you prepared for the day, here is a look at the rankings for each player that will be in attendance and what is on the line for them.


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QB Sam Howell

The Draft Network: 2nd Round, No. 5 QB

CBS Sports: 2nd Round, No. 4 QB

Pro Football Focus: 1st Round, No. 1 QB

ESPN: 2nd Round, No. 5 QB

WalterFootball.com: 2nd-3rd Round, No. 4 QB

Pro Football Network: 2nd Round, No. 3 QB

Drafttek: 1st Round, No. 2 QB

Sports Illustrated: No. 6 QB

NFL Draft Buzz: No. 4 QB

Howell will enter his pro day attempting to keep pace in that race for the No. 3 quarterback spot on the quarterback big board after Desmond Ridder’s strong pro day. This should be his best chance to help himself with the scripted throws on air after he was unable to really help himself at the Senior Bowl or at the Combine, the latter of which he spent dealing with a calf tweak. If that calf is healthy and ready to go, Howell could put himself back in that conversation to be taken late in the first round.


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RB Ty Chandler

The Draft Network: 4th Round, No. 12 RB

Pro Football Focus: 7th-Undrafted, No. 24 RB

Pro Football Network: 5th-6th Round, No. 17 RB

ESPN: 6th Round, No. 14 RB

Drafttek: 5th Round, No. 15 RB

Sports Illustrated: No. 19 RB

NFL Draft Buzz: No. 34 RB

CBS Sports: N/A

WalterFootball.com: N/A

Chandler is the Tar Heel prospect that has helped his stock the most in the pre-draft process as he has now solidified himself as an early Day 3 pick. It’s hard to think that he could really climb much further up the draft boards prior to the draft, but another strong performance tomorrow could be enough to convince a team to pull the trigger late on Day 2.


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LB Jeremiah Gemmel

The Draft Network: 7th Round, No. 25 LB

Pro Football Focus: 7th-Undrafted, No. 26 LB

ESPN: 5th-6th Round, No. 17 ILB

WalterFootball.com: 4th-6th Round, No. 16 ILB

Pro Football Network: Undrafted, No. 45 OLB

Drafttek: 5th-6th Round, No. 7 OLB

Sports Illustrated: No. 11 WILL

NFL Draft Buzz: No. 41 LB

CBS Sports: N/A

Gemmel’s stock has taken a blow with the fact that he did not participate in the Senior Bowl or the Combine despite receiving offers to both. This will be an important day for his stock, as he hopes to solidify himself as a draftable prospect. As long as he works out, he should be able to do enough to accomplish that.


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OG Joshua Ezeudu

The Draft Network: Undrafted, No. 31 IOL

ESPN: 4th-5th Round, No. 8 OG

Pro Football Focus: Undrafted, No. 23 OG

Pro Football Network: 4th-5th Round, No. 5 OG

Drafttek: Undrafted, No. 23 OG

Sports Illustrated: No. 31 OG

NFL Draft Buzz: No. 63 OL

CBS Sports: N/A

WalterFootball.com: N/A

Ezeudu’s stock is a confusing one heading into his pro day, but it feels like he is in a similar boat as Gemmel. If he can build off of what he did at the Combine, that might just be enough to get drafted late on Day 3. At the least, he looks to be headed towards being a high priority free agent at the conclusion of the draft.


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OG Marcus McKethan

ESPN: Undrafted, No. 25 OG

Pro Football Focus: Undrafted, No. 25 OG

Pro Football Network: 5th-6th Round, No. 10 OG

WalterFootball.com: 4th-6th Round, No. 22 OG

Drafttek: Undrafted, No. 24 OG

Sports Illustrated: No. 15 OG

NFL Draft Buzz: No. 128 OL

The Draft Network: N/A

CBS Sports: N/A

McKethan is one of the prospects that has the best chance to help himself on Monday. His performance in Indy has had a positive effect on his draft stock and now has him heading towards possibly being selected on Day 3. Another strong performance might just do that, putting him in that same category as Ezeudu.


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CB Kyler McMichael

The Draft Network: 5th-6th Round, No. 23 CB

Pro Football Network: 5th-6th Round, No. 20 CB

ESPN: Undrafted, No. 33 CB

Drafttek: Undrafted, No. 40 CB

Sports Illustrated: No. 41 oCB

Pro Football Focus: N/A

NFL Draft Buzz: N/A

CBS Sports: N/A

WalterFootball.com: N/A

McMichael has had a weird path to his pro day after sitting out the bowl game to pursue his NFL dreams. He showed out at the East-West Shrine Game, receiving a ton of praise from scouts and draft experts, but he somehow was denied an invite to the Combine. This is probably the most intriguing prospect that will be out there on Monday, especially if he can impress, because of how up in the air his stock is. A strong day might be able to put him solidly on some teams draft boards as a Day 3 corner.


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EDGE Tomon Fox

WalterFootball.com: 7th-Undrafted, No. 18 OLB

Pro Football Network: Undrafted, No. 44 OLB

Drafttek: 7th-Undrafted, No. 29 EDGE

Sports Illustrated: No. 22 3-4 OLB

NFL Draft Buzz: No. 64 LB

The Draft Network: N/A

CBS Sports: N/A

Pro Football Focus: N/A

ESPN: N/A

Fox starts the group that has more work to do. This will be his first time in front of scouts since the Hula Bowl back in early January and will be a crucial day for him. A good day for him could give him a slim shot to get drafted, but getting a team to place him high on their priority free agent list is more likely.


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OT Jordan Tucker

Pro Football Network: Undrafted, No. 61 OT

Sports Illustrated: No. 15 RT

NFL Draft Buzz: No. 134 OL

The Draft Network: N/A

CBS Sports: N/A

WalterFootball.com: N/A

Drafttek: N/A

Pro Football Focus: N/A

ESPN: N/A

Tucker is the one Tar Heel draft prospect that played in a pre-draft bowl game that likely remains on the bubble in terms of making a 90-man roster heading into today. He needs to show some good things athletically today to make sure that he will be heading to training camp with a team in the summer.


Others in Attendance

CB Patrice Rene

The Draft Network: Undrafted

Pro Football Network: Undrafted, No. 53 CB

Sports Illustrated: No. 45 oCB

Drafttek: N/A

Pro Football Focus: N/A

NFL Draft Buzz: N/A

CBS Sports: N/A

WalterFootball.com: N/A

ESPN: N/A

S Myles Wolfolk

The Draft Network: Undrafted

Pro Football Network: Undrafted, No. 53 CB

Drafttek: N/A

Pro Football Focus: N/A

Sports Illustrated: N/A

NFL Draft Buzz: N/A

CBS Sports: N/A

WalterFootball.com: N/A

ESPN: N/A

TE Garrett Walston

The Draft Network: Undrafted

Pro Football Network: Undrafted, No. 53 CB

Drafttek: N/A

Pro Football Focus: N/A

Sports Illustrated: N/A

NFL Draft Buzz: N/A

CBS Sports: N/A

WalterFootball.com: N/A

ESPN: N/A

K Grayson Atkins

The Draft Network: Undrafted

Pro Football Network: Undrafted, No. 53 CB

Drafttek: N/A

Pro Football Focus: N/A

Sports Illustrated: N/A

NFL Draft Buzz: N/A

CBS Sports: N/A

WalterFootball.com: N/A

ESPN: N/A


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