Camp Alumni: Tar Heels in the NFL
You know about Hakeem Nicks and Julius Peppers, so I thought I'd update you on some other Tar Heels you might be wondering about and their NFL prospects in 2012.
Zach Brown - TENNESSEE TITANS. Brown was drafted in the second round by Tennessee, and he is in a battle to start at the 'Will' linebacker.
Matt Merletti - INDIANAPOLIS COLTS. Merletti will have a battle on his hands to win a spot in the secondary for new Indy coach Chuck Pagano, a former Tar Heel defensive coordinator. Merletti tweeted the above picture after a preseason game with the Rams.
And speaking of the Rams,
Kendric Burney - ST. LOUIS RAMS - Burney has returned from injury to fight for a job in the defensive backfield in St. Louis.
T.J. Yates - HOUSTON TEXANS - Yates, the winningest quarterback in Texans playoff history, is the entrenched no. 2 quarterback behind a healthy Matt Schaub.
Da'Norris Searcy - BUFFALO BILLS - Searcy, who logged 34 tackles as a rookie, is working in with the 1's during training camp.
Johnny White - BUFFALO BILLS - White saw limited action a year ago and is battling for the third tailback spot in Buffalo.
Kyle Jolly - PITTSBURGH STEELERS - Jolly, a member of practice squads (Pittsburgh, Atlanta) in years past, is attempting to hang on in Pittsburgh this season.
Bruce Carter - DALLAS COWBOYS - Carter is happy to be healthy after spending the early part of the 2011 season recovering from a knee injury.
Quan Sturdivant - ARIZONA CARDINALS - Sturdivant had six tackles in a preseason win over the Raiders on Friday.
Ryan Taylor - GREEN BAY PACKERS - Taylor played in 15 games a year ago (one catch, four yards, touchdown), but has missed time with a concussion this preseason.
Richard Quinn - Washington Redskins - Quinn is in camp in Washington.
Brandon Tate - Cincinnati Bengals - Tate is in competition for the no. 2 receiver spot in Cincinnati.
Shaun Draughn - KANSAS CITY CHIEFS - Draughn is fighting to be the no. 3 tailback in Kansas City. Here, Arrowhead Addict breaks down his touchdown from last week's game against the Cardinals.
Cam Holland - KANSAS CITY CHIEFS - Holland is in a fight to keep a roster spot at center with the Chiefs.
Tydreke Powell - MINNESOTA VIKINGS - With depth along the defensive line, Powell will be in a fight to stick in Minnesota.
Zack Pianalto, Mike Ingersoll - TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS - Both Pianalto and Ingersoll appear on the Bucs' first depth chart of the season.
Garrett Reynolds - ATLANTA FALCONS - Reynolds sits near the top of the depth chart at right guard.