Sunday, April 25, 2010

UNC defensive linemen picked on Day 3

E.J. Wilson didn't get a chance to play for Pete Carroll in college but the North Carolina defensive end will in the pros.

The Seattle Seahawks picked Wilson in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. Wilson was one of two UNC defensive linemen selected on the draft's third day. Defensive tackle Cam Thomas went in the fifth round to the San Diego Chargers.

The Seahawks have had a busy draft under Carroll, their first-year coach and executive vice president of football operations, in trading for veteran running backs LenDale White and Leon Washington.

Wilson, who was the 127th overall pick, was excited at the chance to play for the coach who won two national titles at USC.

"He's the kind of coach you want to play for," Wilson said. "He's a player's coach and he knows how to movitate."

Wilson said he had a good interview with Carroll and Seattle's coaches at the combine and thought he would be drafted by the Seahawks.

Thomas' stock dropped compared to his pre-draft projections. The big defensive tackle was pegged for the second or third round but fell to San Diego at the 146th pick.

-- J.P. Giglio


Anonymous said...

Giglio how about the half dozen ECU players taken in the draft. They were taken earlier than anyone else from NC schools. Why no article there?

Anonymous said...

Because no one cares about EZU.

The Reid said...

Maybe because Carolina dominated ECU this year? Maybe because Carolina is actually relevant?