Former UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s journey from relative unknown to sure-thing, first-round NFL draft pick ended on Thursday night in Philadelphia, where the Chicago Bears selected Trubisky with the No. 2 overall selection.
In his first season as the UNC Tar Heels starter, Mitch Trubisky jumped up draft boards with his accuracy and arm talent. Trubisky is in contention to be the first quarterback taken and there’s even a chance he could go No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL draft.
North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky could be the No. 1 pick in tonight’s first round of the NFL draft. If that happens, expect him to go around 8 p.m. or soon after that. Each team has 15 minutes to make its draft decision, so if Trubisky falls to the 12th pick, expect him to go around 10:45 p.m. or so.
NC State Wolfpack picked up a 13-0 win over NC Central Eagles on Tuesday which was the 1,000th of Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent’s career. Avent becomes the fifth active ACC coach, and 15th Division I coach, with quadruple-digit wins.
Kevin Keatts didn’t know where his career would take him, but he knew he was willing to work every step of the way. From a Division III point guard to Dowagiac, Mich., to Wilmington, Keatts has created his own path to become the NC State Wolfpack’s 20th basketball coach.
Duke and Virginia are the only two football teams in the Coastal Division that will return their starting quarterback. That’s a good head start on coach David Cutcliffe’s offseason goal for the Blue Devils. Duke went 4-8 in 2016 and missed a bowl game for the first time in five years in Daniel Jones’ first year as a starter.
NC State got a boost from Stephen Louis last year. Coach Dave Doeren is hoping for a similar return from three players who missed the 2016 season with injuries. The Wolfpack had three veteran redshirts last year — linebacker Germaine Pratt, cornerback Johnathan Alston and receiver JuMichael Ramos.
The NC State Wolfpack ended up with four underclassmen on the NBA draft early entrant list. Freshman forward Ted Kapita’s name was on the official list released by the NBA on Tuesday, joining freshman guard Dennis Smith, sophomore wing Maverick Rowan and freshman forward Omer Yurtseven.
North Carolina Tar Heels players Joel Berry, Tony Bradley and Theo Pinson have all declared their eligibility for the NBA draft, but they haven’t yet signed with an agent and they could decide to return to school.