NFL draft watch: Where local players might be taken

April 24, 2013 

NFL draft watch

Scanning multiple mock drafts to size up where area college players are projected to be taken in the NFL draft:

UNC

Jonathan Cooper, G

Size: 6-2, 311

Projected round: 1

Four-year starter at left guard for the Tar Heels was a consensus All-American as a senior on one of the best offenses in the country.

Sylvester Williams, DT

Size: 6-3, 313

Projected round: 1-2

Productive senior season (six sacks) and quickness has impressed scouts and could move the former factory worker into the first round.

Giovani Bernard, RB

Size: 5-8, 202

Projected round: 2-3

Versatility makes Bernard one of the best available backs in the draft. He can run, catch passes and returns kicks but there are questions about his durability.

Brennan Williams, T

Size: 6-6, 318

Projected round: 3-4

Missed the last four games of his college career with a shoulder injury but the scouts love his size and pedigree (His dad, Brent, spent 11 seasons in the NFL).

Kevin Reddick, LB

Size: 6-1, 243

Projected round: 4-5

Four-year starter who made a ton of plays in the middle of UNC’s defense, led the team with 18.5 tackles for loss in 2012.

Travis Bond, G

Size: 6-6, 329

Projected: 7

How good was UNC’s offensive line in ’12? By 2014, there’s the potential for all five starters to be in the NFL.

N.C. State

Mike Glennon, QB

Size: 6-7, 225

Projected round: 2-3

Glennon put up big numbers in two seasons as a starter (62 touchdown passes) and has an NFL arm but there are questions about his accuracy.

David Amerson, CB

Size: 6-1, 205

Projected round: 2-3

Followed up a record-setting sophomore season (13 interceptions) with a difficult junior season. Film doesn’t lie, which will offset some of Amerson’s impressive numbers from the Combine.

Earl Wolff, S

Size: 5-11, 209

Projected round: 4-5

There are some questions about his height but Wolff, a four-year starter, tore up the Combine and improved his draft stock in the process.

Brandan Bishop, S

Size: 6-1, 208

Projected round: 7-FA

A three-year starter, Bishop had eight interceptions the past two seasons and 103 tackles as a senior.

Duke

Conner Vernon, WR

Size: 6-0, 196

Projected round: 6-7

No one in ACC history caught more passes (283) or for more yards (3,749) than Vernon, but scouts question his speed (he ran a 4.68 at the Combine) and quickness.

Sean Renfree, QB

Size: 6-3, 219

Projected round: 7-FA

Renfree had his best season as a senior (3,113 yards, 19 TDs) but a shoulder injury, and previous injuries at Duke, have raised some about his durability.

Wake Forest

Tommy Bohanon, FB

Size: 6-1, 246

Projected round: 6-7

The fullback position is not extinct yet and Bohanon’s 36 reps in the bench press at the Combine, tied for most of anyone, put him on the scouts’ radar.

Others

Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon

Size: 6-2, 217

Projected round: 5-6

Mellette has impressed scouts with his size, route-running and production (97 catches, 1,398 yards in 11 games). Elon has produced one draft pick since 1992.

Demetrius McCray, CB, Appalachian State

Size: 6-1, 187

Projected round: 7-FA

Five Mountaineers have been picked in the last three drafts, McCray — who had nine interceptions his final two seasons — hopes to make six in four years.

– Joe Giglio

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