The third and final day of the 2023 NFL Draft was expected to be the most active one from a Tar Heel perspective this year and it certainly was. Not only did Asim Richards and Antoine Green hear their names called, so did Raymond Vohasek who did not appear in a single mock draft in the pre-draft prospect. Here is a look at where these three guys landed and the situations that they are walking into.
Asim Richards- Round 5, Pick 169 to the Dallas Cowboys
This was the range that many of the mock drafters thought he landed and this is a really nice spot for him to go. One of the areas that this franchise has done a good job of developing guys at has been along the offensive and Richards could certainly be the next one to benefit from it. Richards’ versatility will be important, as he will be able to compete for backup roles at the tackle and guard spots. With him being a 5th round pick, it’s hard to see him not making the roster and there look to be some opportunities at those two guard spots.
Antoine Green- Round 7, Pick 219 to the Detroit Lions
Green had to wait a while, but this was another guy who the mock drafters pretty much nailed. In terms of the Lions wide receiver room, they are looking for some deep threats with D.J. Chark’s departure. There is a reason that Green was a 7th round pick, so expecting him to see significant snaps might be a stretch, but with him being the only receiver drafted by the team, he will have plenty of opportunity.
Raymond Vohasek- Round 7, Pick 227 to the Jacksonville Jaguars
Vohasek getting drafted was something that should have made Tar Heel fans smile after all that he had to deal with in the final two years of his college career. He will have his work cut out for him to make this roster, though, with good depth at both defensive tackle spots. Jacksonville clearly saw something they liked about Vohasek that they didn’t want to let get away, but he will have to beat out a few veterans to avoid being a practice squad member in the fall.