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Wealth of talent: UNC’s highest NFL draft picks since 1970

GREENVILLE, NC (Stacker.com) — With the NFL draft just weeks away, Stacker.com and Pro Football Reference have been having a blast in the past.

The collegiate draft serves as a source of professional football renewal each year and a testament to the quality of collegiate programs across the country. With the 2022 NFL Draft scheduled for April 28-30 in Las Vegas, forklift has compiled a list of the top NFL draft picks by the North Carolina Tar Heels using data from Pro Soccer Reference. Ties have been broken through the last year fed.

forklift compiled a list of top NFL draft picks East Carolina on Monday, NC State on Tuesday, Duke on Wednesday and Wake Forest on Thursday.

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Thomas Smith (AP photo)

#20. Thomas Smith (DB)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #28 overall in 1993
– Written by: Buffalo Bills
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 7 (0 Pro Bowls)

#19. Brian Blados (T)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #28 overall in 1984
– Written by: Cincinnati Bengals
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 4 (0 Pro Bowls)

#18. Harris Barton (T)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #22 overall in 1987
– Written by: San Francisco 49ers
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 10 (1 Pro Bowls)

#17. Don McCauley (RB)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #22 overall in 1971
– Written by: Baltimore Ravens
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 2 (0 Pro Bowls)

#16. Marcus Jones (DE)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #22 overall in 1996
– Written by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 2 (0 Pro Bowls)

#fifteen. Ebenezer Ekuban (DE)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #20 overall in 1999
– Written by: Dallas Cowboys
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 5 (0 Pro Bowls)

#14. Vonnie Holliday (DE)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #19 overall in 1998
– Written by: Green Bay Packers
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 9 (0 Pro Bowls)

#13. Donnell Thompson (EN)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #18 overall in 1981
– Written by: Baltimore Ravens
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 11 (0 Pro Bowls)

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Brian Simmons (photo by UNC Sports Information)

#12. Brian Simmons (LB)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #17 overall in 1998
– Written by: Cincinnati Bengals
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 8 (0 Pro Bowls)

#11. Quinton Coples (DE)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #16 overall in 2012
– Written by: NY Jets
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 2 (0 Pro Bowls)

#10. Ethan Horton (TE)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #15 overall in 1985
– Written by: Kansas City Chiefs
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 5 (1 Pro Bowls)

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Robert Quinn (AP photo)

#9. Robert Quinn (DE)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #14 overall in 2011
– Written by: St Louis Rams
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 9 (3 Pro Bowls)

#8th. Eric Ebron (TE)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #10 overall in 2014
– Written by: Detroit Lions
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 4 (1 Pro Bowls)

#7. Greg Ellis (EN)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #8 overall in 1998
– Written by: Dallas Cowboys
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 12 (1 Pro Bowls)

#6. Jonathan Cooper (G)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #7 overall in 2013
– Written by: Arizona Cardinals
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 2 (0 Pro Bowls)

#5. Ryan Sims (DT)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #6 overall in 2002
– Written by: Kansas City Chiefs
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 3 (0 Pro Bowls)

#4. Ken Huff (G)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #3 overall in 1975
– Written by: Baltimore Ravens
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 8 (0 Pro Bowls)

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Julius Peppers (AP photo)

#3. Julius Peppers (EN)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #2 overall in 2002
– Written by: Carolina Panthers
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 16 (9 Pro Bowls)

#2. Mitchell Trubisky (QB)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #2 overall in 2017
– Written by: Chicago Bears
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 4 (1 Pro Bowls)

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Lawrence Taylor (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, file)

#1. Lawrence Taylor (LB)
– Draft Pick: Round 1, #2 overall in 1981
– Written by: NY Giants
– Years as a starter in the NFL: 13 (10 Pro Bowls)

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