North Carolina NFL Draft Notes
- In the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, North Carolina offensive guard Jonathan Cooper was selected seventh overall by the Arizona Cardinals and defensive tackle Sylvester Williams was picked 28th overall by the Denver Broncos. North Carolina has now produced six first-round draft picks since 2008. That is the most of any ACC school. Boston College and Florida State rank second with five.
- The Tar Heels had first-round picks in 2008 (Kentwan Balmer, 29th overall), 2009 (Hakeem Nicks, 29th overall), 2011 (Robert Quinn, 14th overall), 2012 (Quinton Coples, 16th overall) and 2013 (Jonathan Cooper, 7th overall; Sylvester Williams, 28th overall)
Most First-Round NFL Draft Picks in ACC Since 2008
6 - North Carolina - 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 (2)
5 - Boston College - 2008 (2), 2009, 2011, 2012
5 - Florida State - 2010, 2011, 2013 (3)
3 - Virginia - 2008 (2), 2009
3 - Notre Dame - 2012 (2), 2013
2 - Georgia Tech - 2010 (2)
2 - Pittsburgh - 2008, 2011
2 - Virginia Tech - 2008, 2012
2 - Clemson - 2010, 2013
2 - Syracuse - 2012, 2013
1 - Miami - 2008
1 - Louisville - 2009
1 - Wake Forest - 2009
1 - Maryland - 2009
0 - Duke
0 - NC State
- The last time two Tar Heels were picked in the first round was 2002 when DE Julius Peppers was picked No. 2 by the Carolina Panthers and DT Ryan Sims went sixth overall to the Kansas City Chiefs.
- At No. 7, Cooper is the sixth-highest pick all-time from North Carolina. Only Ken Willard (No. 2 in 1965), Ken Huff (No. 3 in 1975), Lawrence Taylor (No. 2 in 1981), Julius Peppers (No. 2 in 2002) and Ryan Sims (No. 6 in 200) were selected higher than Cooper.
- Cooper is the fourth offensive lineman picked in the first round from UNC. The others were Ken Huff in 1975 (No. 3 overall), Brian Blados in 1984 (No. 28) and Harris Barton in 1987 (No. 22). Huff is the only other guard to be picked in the first round from UNC.
- Cooper is the first offensive guard selected in the top 10 of the NFL Draft since 1997 when Colorado's Chris Naeole was selected by the New Orleans Saints at No. 10. He is the highest selected offensive guard since Bill Fralic was taken No. 2 by Atlanta in 1985.
- Williams is the first defensive tackle from UNC selected in the first round since Kentwan Balmer was taken at No. 29 by San Francisco in 2008.
- Carolina has had 22 all-time first-round draft picks, which ranks just outside the top 25 in the country. It is, however, the most of any school in the state, ahead of NC State (15), Duke (5) and Wake Forest (4).
- Half (11) of Carolina's 22 all-time first-round draft picks have been defensive linemen. Over the last 18 years, a Carolina defensive lineman has been selected in the first round on 10 occasions.
- Giovani Bernard became the first running back taken in the 2013 NFL Draft when he was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals with the fifth pick of the second round (37th overall). It is the first time Carolina has produced the first tailback of the draft. Ethan Horton, a running back at UNC, was selected in the 1984 draft, but played exclusively tight end in the NFL.
- Bernard became the first Tar Heel tailback taken in the second round since Natrone Means in 1993. Bernard is the highest selected tailback from UNC since Horton in 1984. Horton played tight end in the NFL.
- Offensive tackle Brennan Williams was selected in the third round by the Houston Texans (89th overall) and Travis Bond was selected in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings (214th overall). Williams and Bond are the second and third offensive linemen (Jonathan Cooper is the other) selected in this year's draft. It is the first time three Tar Heel offensive linemen have been taken in the same draft.
- A total of 25 Carolina players have been selected in the NFL Draft since 2008, which equals the most of any ACC school. Carolina is tied with Clemson and Florida State. Two Tar Heels were picked in the 2008 draft, five in 2009, two in 2010, a league-high nine in 2011, two in 2012 and five in 2013.
Most Draft Picks in ACC Since 2008
25 - North Carolina
25 - Clemson
25 - Florida State
24 - Miami
22 - Virginia Tech
20 - Notre Dame
15 - NC State
14 - Wake Forest
14 - Pittsburgh
13 - Georgia Tech
11 - Louisville
11 - Virginia
11 - Maryland
11 - Syracuse
8 - Boston College
1 - Duke