Sylvester Williams (above) and Jonathan Cooper (not pictured) became the latest North Carolina players to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft. ROBERT WILLETT
CHAPEL HILL — Jonathan Cooper went early. Sylvester Williams had to wait a bit. Both players, though, realized lifelong dreams on Thursday night by becoming first-round selections in the NFL draft.
The Arizona Cardinals picked Cooper, the All-American offensive guard, with the seventh pick. The Denver Broncos chose Williams, the defensive tackle, with the 28th pick.
Here's the story, with some reaction, about both players.
Cooper and Williams became the 23rd and 24th UNC players to be selected in the first round. Six Tar Heels have been picked in the first round since 2008: Kentwan Balmer (2008), Hakeem Nicks (2009), Robert Quinn (2011), Quinton Coples (2012) and now Cooper and Williams.