North Carolina had 21 former players on NFL opening Day rosters, an increase of two over 2016, according to nfl.com.
The players are primarily veterans, plus five rookies (TJ Logan, Mitchell Trubisky, Mack Hollins, Nazir Jones, Ryan Switzer). A sixth player, Elijah Hood is on a practice squad but not included in the total. Former Heels are on 15 teams; six teams have two UNC players.
About a dozen former Tar Heels were among late roster cuts.
Here are UNC alumni and NFL teams:
Kareem Martin, TJ Logan (IR 9/4), Arizona; James Hurst, Baltimore; TJ Yates (IR 9/5), Brandon Tate, Buffalo; Julius Peppers, Carolina; Mitchel Trubisky, Connor Barth, Chicago; Giovani Bernard, Russell Bodine, Cincinnati; Ryan Switzer, Jonathan Cooper, Dallas; Eric Ebron, Detroit; Tre Boston, LA Chargers; Robert Quinn, LA Rams; Bruce Carter, N.Y. Jets; Mack Hollins, Philadelphia; Nazir Jones, Seattle; Sylvester Williams, Da’Norris Searcy, Tennessee; Zach Brown, Washington. Hood is on the Oakland practice squad.
Late cuts included Bug Howard, Cam Thomas, Jabari Price, Landon Turner, Lucas Crowley; Mickey Bart; Romar Morris; Sakeil Rashard, Shaun Draughn Tim Scott, Tony McRae, Des Lawrence.
According to a CSN survey Sept. 4, the number of ACC roster players in the NFL (252) stayed about the same as last year (250). Miami (41 players) led the list, followed by Florida State 35, Clemson 34, Louisville 20. Others were Virginia 17, NC State 14, Pitt, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech 12, Wake Forest 8, Duke, Syracuse 7.