Triangle quartet hear name called on Friday
Posted April 26, 2013
Updated April 27, 2013
The second round of the NFL Draft Friday saw a pair of Triangle talents selected while North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon was an early call in the third round. Also selected in the third round was UNC offensive lineman Brennan Williams.
Glennon was the 73rd overall pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday night, two spots higher than former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson a year before.
Following the selection, new NC State head coach Dave Doeren took to twitter to comment on the former Wolfpack quarterback’s selection saying, “Congrats to QB Mike Glennon on being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!“
In the second round, with the 37th overall pick, University of North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard was welcomed into the NFL by the Cincinnati Bengals and at No. 51, NC State cornerback David Amerson heard his name called by he Washington Redskins.
Bernard was the third UNC selection in this year’s draft after Jonathan Cooper and Sylvester Williams each went in the first round on Thursday. Bernard was also the first running back selected in the 2013 draft marking the first time in school history that UNC has had that distinction.
“Gio is a tremendous talent who is a terrific person off the field,” head coach Larry Fedora said in a statement. “He is an outstanding playmaker who did everything he could to help our team win. Playing in our offense, he was able to showcase his skills as a versatile running back, rushing for more than 1,000 yards and catching the ball out of the backfield.”
Bernard had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2011 and 2012 and was the runner-up for ACC Player of the Year. Bernard also finished second in the nation in punt return average, fourth in all-purpose yards, fifth in scoring and 11th in rushing in 2012. His 19 touchdowns in 2012 were the second-most in single-season school history, matching Mike Voight (1976) and Kelvin Bryant (1981). He finished just two touchdowns shy of Don McCauley’s single-season record of 21 set in 1970.
Amerson, an over-sized corner at 6-foot-3, was penciled in as a first-round selection a year ago after setting the ACC record for most interceptions in a season with 13 but opted to return to NC State. Despite seeing the statistics decline in 2012, the Greensboro native and first-team All-American impressed NFL scouts enough to earn a mid-second-round selection.
Glennon was the third quarterback off the board in the NFL Draft. Florida State’s EJ Manuel went in the first round to the Buffalo Bills and West Virginia’s Geno Smith went in the second round to the New York Jets.
Williams, a 6-foot-5, 318-pound tackle, suffered a shoulder injury mid-season last year but was still regarded as an all-conference lineman as voted on by the ACC coaches. Williams started 22 games in his collegiate career at UNC.
“I’m excited for Brennan and we’re proud of his accomplishments,” Fedora said. “He’s a good kid who has the size, strength and mobility to be a very good player at the next level.”
Also selected in the third round to the Oakland Raiders Friday was former Apex standout Sio Moore. The University of Connecticut linebacker was born in Liberia and projects as a weakside linebacker in the NFL. At 6-foot-1, 245 pounds, Moore was a three-year starter and averaged nearly 90 tackles per season for the Huskies.