Another Tar Heel is off the draft board. The Miami Dolphins drafted defensive lineman Jason Strowbridge in the fifth round with the 154th overall pick. Akil Highlighted Strowbridge’s prospects last week, and the senior DL was just one of two Heels invited to the NFL Combine in March.
Strowbridge entered Chapel Hill as a three-star recruit out of Florida and eventually became a staple along UNC’s defensive line. He appeared in 42 games for the Heels, accumulating 123 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and 10.5 sacks. As a senior, he consistently required double teams and special attention from opponents
He finished the season with a 44 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and recovered three fumbles, but his importance was most noticeable when he wasn’t on the field. Strowbridge missed the game at Wake Forest this past season, as the Heels had no answer for the Deacs dual-threat QB Jamie Newman. The following week he was limited in a similar outcome against Appalachian State. UNC lost both those games by a combined nine points.
Strowbridge is just the second defensive lineman drafted from UNC since 2014. Nazair Jones was taken by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2017 draft.