North Carolina arguably has the most-talented defense in the country. Sound like an exaggeration? Check this out: Some NFL mock drafts, such as Peter Schrager’s at FoxSports. com, have five Tar Heels going in the first round next April. Six Tar Heels are on various preseason All-American team while Phil Steele’s magazine has UNC’s defensive line and its linebackers both ranked No. 1 nationally. He puts the secondary at No. 8.
Junior DE Robert Quinn, the No. 3 overall pick in at least a couple of early mock drafts, was second in the nation in forcing negative yardage (117) last year. DT Marvin Austin is a 310-pound run stuffer while LBs Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant combined for 144 tackles, 17 for losses. CB Kendric Burney had 170 interception return yards vs. Miami, and S Deunta Williams picked off six passes last season.