Dy­namic de­fense

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

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