A University of North Carolina linebacker leads the list of four players that have been deemed eligible for the NFL’s 2014 Supplemental Draft on Thursday.
Tar Heels middle linebacker Darius Lipford appears to be the only one of the four with any chance of being selected among the 224 slots. He was all set to return to Chapel Hill for his senior season, but decided to leave sometime after spring practice.
Last season with the North Carolina defense, the 6-3, 250-pound Lipford played outside linebacker in 10 games, with 29 total tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. During spring practice with the Tar Heels he was moved to middle linebacker and was expected to be the starter there this fall.
Lipford missed the 2012 season because of a torn ACL in his left knee. He originally suffered the injury in the 2011 Independence Bowl when North Carolina played the University of Missouri. The North Carolina native re-injured the ligament during rehab in July ’12 and had surgery.
The NFL Supplemental Draft is scheduled each year to deal with players that became eligible after the main NFL Draft in the spring. Teams can use a 2015 draft choice to select a player in one of the seven rounds. …Read More!