UNC LB declares for supplemental draft
North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford has entered the 2014 NFL supplemental draft and will not be returning to campus for his senior season.
A team spokesman confirmed the news, which was first reported by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
The supplemental draft, which takes place Friday, is for college players who didn't request early entry into the regular draft. Former UNC defensive end Michael McAdoo entered the 2011 supplemental draft after he was declared permanently ineligible by the NCAA because of academic misconduct.
Lipford (6-3, 245), a Lenoir native, started four games as a sophomore in 2011 before tearing his ACL in the Independence Bowl. After sitting out the 2012 season, he appeared in 10 games at bandit last year, finishing with 20 tackles, six tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and four quarterback hurries.
Norkeithus Otis is expected to be the starting bandit in 2014, but Lipford appeared to be the frontrunner at middle linebacker during spring practice.