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Tar Heels center Lucas Crowley signs with the Arizona Cardinals

The UNC center gets a chance in the NFL

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Not everyone hears their name called on draft day, and that’s what happened to Tar Heels center Lucas Crowley. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t get the opportunity to play for an NFL team. The Arizona Cardinals have signed him as an undrafted free agent.

Coming out of high school, Crowley was considered to be one of the best centers in the country. He proved that over his four years at Chapel Hill where he served as the team’s primary center starting in his sophomore season. He made the All-ACC third team in his junior year before a big senior season where he made second-team All-ACC and was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week on three separate occasions.

He participated in NFL Pro Day, where the six-foot-two, 295-pound lineman was able to do 30 reps at the bench press. Crowley entered the draft 560th overall, and was considered to be the 17th best center in the nation. He leaves the Tar Heels with a (literal) big hole to fill on the offensive line as he gets a chance to continue his dreams in the NFL.

Congratulations on the new contract and good luck!