UNC Football: Recapping Tar Heels Pro Day in Chapel Hill

Nov 19, 2016; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) looks to pass in the first quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 19, 2016; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) looks to pass in the first quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

The University of North Carolina hosted its NFL Pro Day on Tuesday afternoon in Chapel Hill

Former University of North Carolina Tar Heel football players are preparing for the next step in their careers.

With April’s NFL Draft rapidly approaching, UNC hosted its Pro Day on Tuesday.

Mitch Trubisky, Elijah Hood, T.J. Logan, Mack Hollins, Bug Howard, Ryan Switzer, Mikey Bart, Des Lawrence and Nazair Jones all participated in workouts as 75 NFL team employees were in attendance.

The most interesting man there was arguably San Francisco’s John Lynch. The General Manager watched Trubisky go through his workouts as they hold the second overall pick.

Trubisky to San Francisco wouldn’t shock anyone as the 49ers need a franchise quarterback.

Here’s how the day went for the pro prospects.

Mitch Trubisky

All eyes were on the quarterback prospect who will likely go in the first round of the draft. He could even go top five depending on how the teams inside the top five feel about him

After a solid NFL Scouting Combine, Trubisky impressed at his pro day in front of scouts.

Trubisky completed 54-of-63 passing attempts and was sharp with his delivery. Of the nine incompletions, four of them were counted as drops.

He also revealed some visits he has lined up:

Have to imagine that one of those other teams is the Chicago Bears who hold the third overall pick in the draft and have a need at quarterback.

Trubisky also revealed that he will attend the draft in Philadelphia. For the quarterback, the waiting game begins.

Ryan Switzer

Switzer might just be the most interesting UNC prospect going into the draft. On Tuesday, Switzer had a good pro day as he seemingly caught everything thrown his way from Trubisky.

The 5-foot-8, 180 pound receiver received some praise from NFL Network’s Mike Mayock:


Switzer could be a standout receiver in the slot at the next level. He’s receiving some praise as one of the best route runners in the class.

That’s something teams will love to see on tape:

T.J. Logan/Elijah Hood

The Tar Heels are losing both of their top backs from the last three seasons to the NFL Draft in 2017.

Logan is a senior but Hood decided to forgo his senior year at the school to enter the draft, just weeks after he announced he was coming back. Hood didn’t participate in the NFL scouting combine, so a big pro day was needed.

Here’s Hood running the 40:

The local product could be a target for the Carolina Panthers, who are in need of a running back but his Pro Day wasn’t spectacular. Here’s what CBS Sports wrote on Hood:

"Hood (5-foot-11, 230 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds at the North Carolina pro day Tuesday while posting a 113-inch broad jump and 31.5-inch vertical.Given his recruiting pedigree and general flashes of talent on tape, the hope was that Hood would time closer to 4.50 and show better jumps. The absence of agility drills is also an issue, though it’s fair to presume Hood wouldn’t have done well with those, either. With injury concerns and disappointing workout metrics in his prospect profile, Hood is in danger of falling past the fourth round."

One thing is for sure, Hood is JACKED:

As for Logan, his stock continues to soar. He was the fastest running back at the scouting combine back in February and has the skill set to be an explosive back, a threat in the receiving game and a solid return man in the NFL.

Logan showed off his skills out of the backfield during his pro day. Check out this play from Trubisky:


Des Lawrence had a nice senior year for the Tar Heels in 2016 but he’s got to do everything he can to improve his draft stock.

Lawrence is currently projected to be drafted in the 7th round by CBS Sports.  But according to one draft analyst, Lawrence really helped his stock on his pro day:

He ran a 4.54 40-yard dash time, pretty quick for a running back and had a nice play in defensive back drills.

Defensive tackle Nazair Jones is projected to go in the third or fourth round after leaving forgoing his senior year at UNC.

Jones had a nice day on Tuesday and may have impressed some scouts:

With just weeks until the NFL Draft, it will be interesting to see how much these Tar Heels improved their stocks.

Check back to Keeping It Heel for complete coverage on UNC’s NFL prospects as we approach the 2017 NFL Draft.