UNC Football linebacker Cole Holcomb was selected in the 2019 NFL Draft as he heads to Washington in the fifth round
The North Carolina Tar Heels had to wait until Day 3 and the end of the fifth round to see their first player selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Former UNC linebacker Cole Holcomb was the last pick of the fifth round on Saturday, being selected by the Washington Redskins at No. 173 overall. Holcomb was the 35th player selected in the fifth round on Saturday.
The 6-foot-1, 231-pound linebacker was a tackling machine for the Tar Heels in his career in Chapel Hill. He racked up a career-high 115 in 2016, then followed it up with seasons of 93 and 104 as a junior and senior.
Holcomb wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine as UNC sent just two players total. But he does hear his name called and now has a home in the NFL.
Per Pro Football Focus, Holcomb had the third-highest coverage rate among eligible Atlantic Coast Conference linebackers in this draft. His 76.6 was third only to Kielan Whitner and Germaine Pratt.
Holcomb is expected to compete for a backup job right away with the Redskins and will have the first chance to impress during rookie minicamps next week. From there, he will participate in Offseason Activities and then Training Camp to work into the rotation.
The linebacker is the only UNC player that has been taken so far in the draft with just two rounds to go. Other UNC prospects include Anthony Ratliff-Williams, William Sweet and Malik Carney.
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