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Five Tar Heels Selected; Renner & Hurst Sign as UDFA

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft finally ended late Saturday with an additional four Tar Heels being taken after the first round selection of tight end Eric Ebron.

On Friday, defensive end Kareem Martin was taken in the third round at #84 overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Martin will be reunited with former teammate Jonathan Cooper who was taken in the first round last year but sat out the season due to injury.

The Saturday session consisting of the fourth through seventh rounds saw three Tar Heels come off the board. Center Russell Bodine will join running back Gio Bernard in Cincinnati. Bodine was taken 111th overall. The Carolina Panthers used the 128th pick on Tar Heel safety Tre Boston. Needless to say the pick of Boston by the Panthers will invoke some strong feelings among UNC fans. Check out the Charlotte Observer's coverage of the Boston pick here.

Boston's fellow defensive back, Jabari Price was the last Tar Heel taken going in the seventh round to the Minnesota Vikings at 225th overall.

Several Tar Heel players did not get taken in the NFL Draft's seven rounds which is actually not the worst thing in the world. Quarterback Bryn Renner and offensive tackle James Hurst will likely be picked up as undrafted free agents. There could also be opportunities for players like A.J. Blue and Tim Jackson.

UPDATE: Bryn Renner and James Hurst have have both signed as undrafted free agents. Renner is heading to Denver and Hurst will sign on with Baltimore. Renner's signing with the Broncos marks the third "Tar Heel reunion" since former Heel Sylvester Williams is already there.