North Carolina Tar Heels
2020 NFL Draft Prospects
Aaron Crawford, DT
Career Snapshot: Redshirted as a true freshman in 2015 with a foot injury after two games. Came back in 2016 and played in all 13 games and had 42 tackles and one sack. Started all 12 games in 2017, had 29 tackles and three sacks. An injury limited his 2018 season to just two games. Returned in 2019 and became an Honorable Mention All-ACC with 50 tackles, nine tackles for a loss and three sacks.
Positives: Underrated defensive line prospect who comes off a terrific senior season. Breaks down well, plays with tremendous pad level and fights with his hands. Quick, explodes off the snap and attacks opponents. Plays tough football, quickly locates the action and shows the ability to make plays on the ball. Holds his ground very well against blocks.
Negatives: Small-area lineman who shows no ability to pursue the action outside the box. Must develop more moves. Often controlled at the point by a single opponent.
Analysis: Crawford is rarely mentioned in scouting circles despite his very productive senior season, but he comes with next-level size and strength. He offers potential as a conventional tackle in a four-man front.
Myles Dorn, S
Career Snapshot: Saw time on defense early as a freshman, playing in all 13 games at safety and recorded 32 tackles. Started all 12 games he played in as a sophomore and finished third in tackles with 71 tackles and tied for the team lead with two interceptions. Started eight games as a junior at safety and finished with 55 tackles, including a 14-tackle game against Syracuse.
Started 13 games as a senior and earned Honorable Mention for All-ACC, finishing third in tackles with 83 and a team-leading six pass breakups. Followed in father’s footsteps as football players for the Tar Heels, as his dad is former UNC running back Torin Dorn (1986-1989).
Positives: Explosive safety and terrific run defender who fires up the field, lays his shoulders into opponents, and hits hard. Displays a quick, explosive closing burst and excellent range. Immediately gets out to the flanks to cover the pass and defend the run. Works well with cornerbacks to bracket receivers over the middle of the field, tracks the pass in the air and flashes ball skills. Keeps the action in front of him and plays disciplined football.
Negatives: Never progressed the past two years. Indecisive and hesitant. Average hands for the interception. Streaky and disappears for stretches.
Analysis: After his sophomore season, I graded Dorn as a potential second-day pick with the belief he would progress over the next two seasons. Unfortunately that never happened, as his game leveled off and even regressed in some instances. He comes with excellent size, athleticism, and next-level physical skills, but Dorn must really put together a complete game to have an extended career in the NFL.
Charlie Heck, OT
Career Snapshot: After redshirting in 2015, came back to play in eight games as a reshirt freshman in 2016. Came off the bench in the season opener in 2017 and started the remaining 11 games. Was full-time right tackle in 11 games in 2018. Kicked over to left tackle and started 12 games there, missing one game with a broken hand.
Positives: Massive offensive lineman who is best in a small area. Sets with a wide base, effectively uses his hands and knocks pass rushers from their angles of attack. Terrific position blocker who stays square and seals defenders from the action. Keeps his feet moving and makes terrific use of angles in pass protection. Large enough to engulf defenders and completely remove them from the action.
Negatives: Lacks quick, fluid footwork off the edge and rumbles around the field. Ineffective in motion.
Analysis: Heck was graded as a potential mid-round choice by NFL scouts entering the season, and while he possesses next-level size, his athleticism, agility and ability to block in anything other than a small area is questionable. He’s a college left tackle who projects to the right side and comes with limited upside.
Dominique Ross, OLB
Career Snapshot: Saw time in all 13 games as a freshman with 12 tackles and a sack. Recorded seven tackles in seven games as a sophomore. Had 47 tackles, 0.5 sack, 3.5 tackles for a loss and four pass breakups in ten games in 2018. Started 11 games as a senior and finished fourth on the team in tackles with 60. Also had six tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and four pass breakups.
Positives: Athletic run-and-chase linebacker who is very effective in space. Breaks down well, effectively uses his hands to protect himself and displays quickness when he changes direction. Great athlete who slides off blocks laterally and nicely redirects to the action. Solid open-field tackler who flows to the play and squares into ball carriers. Gets depth on pass drops, shows solid skills in coverage and makes plays in space.
Negatives: Easily tied up by blocks and handled by opposing tight ends. Needs a running start to make plays.
Analysis: Ross offers excellent length, speed and versatility. He really must improve his strength, but his ability to make plays in the open field is attractive and could help him make a roster as a backup.
Jason Strowbridge, DT
Career Snapshot: Redshirted as a true freshman in 2015. Came back in 2016 and recorded 12 tackles and two sacks. Played in all 12 games with nine starts in 2017 and had 34 tackles and 5.5 tackles for a loss. Had 11 starts in 2018 and earned honorable mention for All-ACC with 36 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for a loss. Named to the All-ACC Third Team as a senior with 45 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks and an ACC-leading three fumble recoveries.
Positives: Explosive three-technique prospect who plays with incredible athleticism. Bends his knees, plays with proper pad level and consistently gets leverage on opponents. Fires off the snap, works his hands throughout the action, and keeps his feet moving. Quickly changes direction, nicely redirects to ball carriers and makes plays in every area of the field. Flows down the line to get outside the box and covers a lot of area. Instinctive, gives effort in all areas, and wraps up tackling.
Negatives: Has a bit of a thin build and struggles to get off blocks. Displays little power.
Analysis: Strowbridge was highly rated by NFL scouts entering the season, and he lived up to expectations during the season and went on to have a terrific week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He needs to physically mature and add a bit of strength to his frame, but at the very least Strowbridge offers possibilities as a three-technique tackle and should only improve in time.
Antonio Williams, RB
Career Snapshot: Four-star prospect in high school and top-ten running back. Started career at Ohio State in 2016, playing one game as a freshman and 12 games as a sophomore. Totaled 63 carriesfor 318 yards and three touchdowns. Transferred to UNC in 2018 and played in ten games, carrying 91 times for 504 yards and five touchdowns and added 16 catches for 131 yards. Played in 12 games as a senior and rushed 48 times for 322 yards and three touchdowns to go with two catches for four yards.
Positives: Large, downhill ball carrier who picks up the difficult yardage. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and finds the running lanes. Runs with power, does not go down without a fight and rarely gets brought down by a single defender. Terrific short-yardage ball carrier who picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Presents himself as a solid pass catcher out of the backfield.
Negatives: Lacks the speed and quickness to turn the corner. One-speed back who cannot beat opponents into the open field.
Analysis: Williams comes with speed and quickness limitations, but he’s a hard-working interior runner who could make a roster as a fifth back.
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