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North Carolina Football: 10 2022 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch for the Tar Heels

North Carolina Football: 10 2022 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch for the Tar Heels

North Carolina Football: 10 2022 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch for the Tar Heels

Five North Carolina Tar Heels were selected in this year's NFL draft, all of whom were brought to Chapel Hill by former head coach Larry Fedora. It's obvious that current head coach Mack Brown has recruited even better than Fedora, so we can expect an even great number of draftees in the near future.

The first of Brown's recruiting classes in his return to Carolina will be entering their junior seasons this fall, meaning they will be draft-eligible next April. Here is a couple of those juniors-to-be — along with some holdovers from the Fedora administration — who could be picked in next year's draft.

Ty Chandler, RB (Sr., 6-0, 210)

Michael Carter and Javonte Williams both heard their names called in the draft so they and their nearly 2,400 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns on the ground are now in the NFL. Enter Chandler, the Tennessee graduate transfer, who was already on NFL scouts' radars after rushing for more than 2,000 yards with 17 total touchdowns over his four seasons with the Volunteers.

Joshua Ezeudu, OG (Jr., 6-4, 320)

As a third-team All-ACC selection, Ezeudu was the most decorated of the Tar Heel offensive linemen. Ezeudu helped pave the way for the nation's 11th-ranked rushing offense and was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play in the rout of Miami.

Tomari Fox, DE (Jr., 6-2, 290)

The big end held up strong on the edge and provided some pressure with four sacks. Those totals should go up in his junior season, and as a result, the 2022 draft could be an option.

Tomon Fox, LB (Sr., 6-3, 265)

If Tomari is on the list, older brother Tomon has to be as well. As a junior, Tomon led the Heels with 10.5 tackles for a loss and seven sacks. His 21 career sacks are tied for fifth in UNC history with a guy named Lawrence Taylor.

Jeremiah Gemmel, LB (Sr., 6-1, 225)

With Chazz Surratt off to the NFL, Gemmel takes over as the anchor on the second level. The team captain was second on the team behind Surratt with 78 tackles.

Sam Howell, QB (Jr., 6-1, 225)

By NFL standards, he could be a couple of inches taller. But that is really nit-picking. Howell has had two sensational seasons for the Heels, and another one could lead to him being selected first overall next April.

Marcus McKethan, OG (Sr., 6-7, 335)

McKethan is a massive individual and could develop into an interior force at the next level. He has started 24 games during his time at UNC and was an honorable mention All-ACC this past fall.

Trey Morrison, S (Sr., 5-9, 190)

The honorable mention All-ACC performer has started since his true freshman year and has played in 33 total games. His versatility is an asset as he was an effective nickel back early in his career before transitioning over to safety.

Jordan Tucker, OT (Sr., 6-6, 340)

Another of the very experienced returning offensive linemen. Tucker has been a full-time starter the past two seasons and has the size needed to play right tackle in the NFL.

Raymond Vohasek, DT (Sr., 6-3, 300)

Vohasek has had two productive seasons after transferring in from the College of DuPage. The All-ACC honorable mention selection has 12 tackles for lost yardage during his time at Carolina and has emerged as a leader along the defensive front.

— Written by Jon Kinne, who has been part of the Athlon Contributor Network for three years, covering the ACC and Notre Dame. Follow him on Twitter @JonRKinne.