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Heel Tough Blog: Tar Heel Pre-Draft Mock Draft Predictions

The 2024 NFL Draft gets going tomorrow from Detroit as thousands of draft prospects hope to hear their name be announced as one of the 257 picks that will hear their names called over the next three days. Sixteen former Tar Heels will be looking to be one of those, including one who many expect will be off the board by the midway point of tomorrow night’s first round at the latest. Here is a look at where the guys stand in the mock drafts heading into tomorrow.



QB Drake Maye

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Jordan Reid (ESPN): Round 1, Pick 3 to the New England Patriots

PFF Staff: Round 1, Pick 2 to the Washington Commanders

Ian Valentino (33rd Team): Round 1, Pick 2 to the Washington Commanders

PJ Moran (Fantasy Pros): Round 1, Pick 3 to the Minnesota Vikings

Chad Reuter (NFL.com): Round 1, Pick 3 to the New England Patriots

Shane Hallam (NFL Draft Countdown): Round 1, Pick 3 to the New England Patriots

Vinnie Iyer (The Sporting News): Round 1, Pick 2 to the Washington Commanders

Josh Edwards (CBS Sports): Round 1, Pick 2 to the Washington Commanders

Dane Brugler (The Athletic): Round 1, Pick 3 to the New England Patriots

Ian Cummings (Pro Football Network): Round 1, Pick 3 to the New England Patriots

Walter Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Round 1, Pick 3 to the New England Patriots

Charlie Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Round 1, Pick 3 to the New England Patriots

DraftTek: Round 1, Pick 3 to the New England Patriots

The masses seem to be truly split on Maye at this point over whether he will go to Washington or New England. The trade up is still on the table according to multiple insiders from around the league, but the offer has to be substantial for the Patriots to even consider moving down. Ideally, the Vikings would come up from No. 12 to take him at No. 3 and he would get the opportunity to pair with one of the best offensive head coaches in the league in Kevin O’Connell and a top-five passing catching group in the league. Landing in New York with the Giants would also be a rather attractive option because of what Brian Daboll’s offense thrives on and what he was able to do in Buffalo with Josh Allen. Realistically, though, the Patriots will probably hold on to the pick and select him with that 3rd overall pick.



WR Tez Walker

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Jordan Reid (ESPN): Round 3, Pick 79 to the Atlanta Falcons

PFF Staff: Round 3, Pick 84 to the Pittsburgh Steelers

Ian Valentino (33rd Team): Round 3, Pick 87 to the Dallas Cowboys

PJ Moran (Fantasy Pros): Round 3, Pick 100 to the Washington Commanders

Chad Reuter (NFL.com): Round 2, Pick 45 to the New Orleans Saints

Shane Hallam (NFL Draft Countdown): Round 3, Pick 71 to the Arizona Cardinals

Vinnie Iyer (The Sporting News): Round 3, Pick 92 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Edwards (CBS Sports): Round 3, Pick 95 to the Kansas City Chiefs

Dane Brugler (The Athletic): Round 3, Pick 79 to the Atlanta Falcons

Ian Cummings (Pro Football Network): Round 3, Pick 84 to the Pittsburgh Steelers

Walter Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Round 3, Pick 96 to the Jacksonville Jaguars

Charlie Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Round 3, Pick 72 to the New York Jets

DraftTek: Round 3, Pick 72 to the New York Jets

Walker’s stock has really stabilized itself after his initial fall following his performance in the Senior Bowl and the majority of mock drafters now see him as the second Tar Heel that will go off the board. Only one mock has him going outside of the 3rd round, so it feels like a pretty safe bet that he will come off the board sometime late on Friday night. Of the destinations above, Kansas City would be the dream scenario, but Jacksonville and Atlanta are very attractive destinations, as are the Jets if Aaron Rodgers can stay healthy. It also wouldn’t be the worst thing if he was to end up wherever Maye lands.



LB Cedric Gray

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Jordan Reid (ESPN): Round 3, Pick 95 to the Dallas Cowboys

PFF Staff: Round 4, Pick 128 to the Tennessee Titans

Ian Valentino (33rd Team): Round 3, Pick 100 to the Washington Commanders

PJ Moran (Fantasy Pros): Round 4, Pick 102 to the Seattle Seahawks

Chad Reuter (NFL.com): Round 3, Pick 99 to the Los Angeles Rams

Shane Hallam (NFL Draft Countdown): Round 3, Pick 85 to the Miami Dolphins

Vinnie Iyer (The Sporting News): Round 3, Pick 83 to the Los Angeles Rams

Josh Edwards (CBS Sports): Round 4, Pick 118 to the Seattle Seahawks

Dane Brugler (The Athletic): Round 4, Pick 102 to the Seattle Seahawks

Ian Cummings (Pro Football Network): Round 4, Pick 115 to the Cincinnati Bengals

Walter Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Round 3, Pick 87 to the Dallas Cowboys

Charlie Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Round 2, Pick 53 to the Philadelphia Eagles

DraftTek: Round 3, Pick 92 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Gray’s fall to the fringe of the 3rd round, and in some cases into the 4th, has been shocking. He may not have stood out at the combine the way that others at the position did, but the majority of those who did shine were already ahead of him on draft boards heading in. His performance at the Senior Bowl should have been the punctuation mark on him being a Day 2 prospect, but instead, he may have to wait until Saturday to hear his name called. The hope is that he will end up going somewhere late in the 3rd round because it will allow him to land with a contender who needs help at the position. The Cowboys and Rams are probably the most attractive fits late on Friday while Seattle makes a lot of sense if he has to wait till Saturday.



DT Myles Murphy

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Jordan Reid (ESPN): Undrafted

PFF Staff: Round 5, Pick 169 to the Green Bay Packers

Ian Valentino (33rd Team): Undrafted

PJ Moran (Fantasy Pros): Undrafted

Chad Reuter (NFL.com): Undrafted

Shane Hallam (NFL Draft Countdown): Undrafted

Vinnie Iyer (The Sporting News): Round 6, Pick 194 to the Cincinnati Bengals

Josh Edwards (CBS Sports): Round 7, Pick 226 to the Arizona Cardinals

Dane Brugler (The Athletic): Undrafted

Ian Cummings (Pro Football Network): Undrafted

Walter Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Undrafted

Charlie Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Round 7, Pick 231 to the New England Patriots

DraftTek: Round 6, Pick 214 to the Cincinnati Bengals

Murphy, like Gray, is a guy who has really fallen since the combine despite showing well in his all-star game appearance. After being seen as a draftable guy in almost every mock draft following the East-West Shrine Game, he is now seen as going undrafted by the majority of the mock draft world. Of the scenarios that are on the table here, Cincinnati and Green Bay make the most sense, as does going undrafted if he is still available in that 7th round because it would allow him to pick what team he lands with.


LB Amari Gainer

Jordan Reid (ESPN): Undrafted

PFF Staff: Undrafted

Ian Valentino (33rd Team): Undrafted

PJ Moran (Fantasy Pros): Undrafted

Chad Reuter (NFL.com): Undrafted

Shane Hallam (NFL Draft Countdown): Round 7, Pick 223 to the Las Vegas Raiders

Vinnie Iyer (The Sporting News): Undrafted

Josh Edwards (CBS Sports): Undrafted

Dane Brugler (The Athletic): Undrafted

Ian Cummings (Pro Football Network): Undrafted

Walter Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Undrafted

Charlie Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Undrafted

DraftTek: Undrafted

Gainer only shows up on one mock draft, but it would not be a complete shock if someone was to take a flyer on the extremely versatile piece. The Raiders wouldn’t be a bad destination for him, especially with the success that the Raiders have had at developing players in that front seven, but going undrafted and being able to pick his team wouldn’t be the worst option either.



RB British Brooks

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Jordan Reid (ESPN): Undrafted

PFF Staff: Undrafted

Ian Valentino (33rd Team): Undrafted

PJ Moran (Fantasy Pros): Undrafted

Chad Reuter (NFL.com): Undrafted

Shane Hallam (NFL Draft Countdown): Round 7, Pick 239 to the New Orleans Saints

Vinnie Iyer (The Sporting News): Undrafted

Josh Edwards (CBS Sports): Undrafted

Dane Brugler (The Athletic): Undrafted

Ian Cummings (Pro Football Network): Undrafted

Walter Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Undrafted

Charlie Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Undrafted

DraftTek: Undrafted

If Brooks was to be selected, it would be absolutely stunning. He was a guy that most in the NFL community probably didn’t even know was pursuing a professional career until they arrived at the Tar Heel pro day and I doubt any team really views him as a draftable prospect considering he was never even a full time starter at the college level. If he was to land in New Orleans, he could certainly find a role with the team, but he will likely be someone who has to wait until after the draft is over for his phone to light up.


Others to Watch

C Corey Gaynor

Jordan Reid (ESPN): Undrafted

PFF Staff: Undrafted

Ian Valentino (33rd Team): Undrafted

PJ Moran (Fantasy Pros): Undrafted

Chad Reuter (NFL.com): Undrafted

Shane Hallam (NFL Draft Countdown): Undrafted

Vinnie Iyer (The Sporting News): Undrafted

Josh Edwards (CBS Sports): Undrafted

Dane Brugler (The Athletic): Undrafted

Ian Cummings (Pro Football Network): Undrafted

Walter Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Undrafted

Charlie Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Undrafted

DraftTek: Undrafted


WR Beau Corrales

Jordan Reid (ESPN): Undrafted

PFF Staff: Undrafted

Ian Valentino (33rd Team): Undrafted

PJ Moran (Fantasy Pros): Undrafted

Chad Reuter (NFL.com): Undrafted

Shane Hallam (NFL Draft Countdown): Undrafted

Vinnie Iyer (The Sporting News): Undrafted

Josh Edwards (CBS Sports): Undrafted

Dane Brugler (The Athletic): Undrafted

Ian Cummings (Pro Football Network): Undrafted

Walter Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Undrafted

Charlie Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Undrafted

DraftTek: Undrafted


S Giovanni Biggers

Jordan Reid (ESPN): Undrafted

PFF Staff: Undrafted

Ian Valentino (33rd Team): Undrafted

PJ Moran (Fantasy Pros): Undrafted

Chad Reuter (NFL.com): Undrafted

Shane Hallam (NFL Draft Countdown): Undrafted

Vinnie Iyer (The Sporting News): Undrafted

Josh Edwards (CBS Sports): Undrafted

Dane Brugler (The Athletic): Undrafted

Ian Cummings (Pro Football Network): Undrafted

Walter Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Undrafted

Charlie Campbell (WalterFootball.com): Undrafted

DraftTek: Undrafted

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