A number of defensive starters that are juniors and seniors on the football team this year will continue moving on and playing on Sundays. Today we’ll look at their draft stock and their stats so far this season.
Kevin Reddick (Sr.) Linebacker
2012: 37 tackles. 8 tackles for loss. 2.5 sacks. 1 Forced Fumble
The athletic ability of Reddick is what initially stands out to you. Last year it was well documented by NFL observers that Reddick was the most athletic of the Tar Heel linebackers last year. That’s saying a lot considering Quan and Bruce Carter are both playing on Sundays for their respective teams. Reddick’s only issue last year was his inability to stay healthy and get along with Coach Withers, but this year he’s been a vocal leader and a straight up stud on the field.
Draft Stock: Currently projected as a 3rd round pick in the draft
Slyvester Williams (Sr.) Defensive Tackle
2012: 16 tackles. 8 tackles for loss. 5 sacks.
When Sly transferred here last year, it was well known that he was going to be one of the next great Tar Heel defensive lineman. Sly’s been an absolute beast this year, constantly demanding double teams, and rushing the passer on a consistent basis. He attracts double teams nearly every snap allowing the two linebackers and the ram position (Gene Robinson) to come in and make the tackle. He’s in the top three this year in the ACC in sacks, and like Reddick is a leader that the younger guys look up to.
Draft Stock: Currently projected as the 26th Overall pick in the draft
Jabari Price (Jr.) Cornerback
2012: 40 tackles. 3.5 tackles for loss. 1 sack. 1 Int
Jabari was thrown into the fire in every sense of the word his first game of his freshmen year against LSU. With 12 suspensions due to NCAA infractions, Price got the start and may of been burned several times, but he’s better for it now. Price has shown an uncanny ability to support the run and is a tackle machine for a corner. He’s athletic, flexible, fast, and a great tackler. He leads the team in pass deflections with 9; which makes me wonder why teams continue to pick on him when he’s shown he’s no slouch.
Draft Stock: Currently rated as the 22nd best corner out of 246 Corners for the 2014 Draft
Tre Boston (Jr.) Safety
2012: 29 tackles. 1 tackle for loss. 1 Int
Tre is a high energy guy, and has been known to lay some licks on opposing wide receivers. He’s very versatile and has the cover skills to play corner if need be. Tre had a great sophomore campaign where he was third on the team in tackles and led the team in interceptions. He started at corner back his freshmen year, added some pounds and has since played safety.
Draft stock: Currently 9th ranked safety out of 128 safetys for the 2014 Draft