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Carolina players highlight first '11 Big Board

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper recently released his first 2011 Big BoardInsider, and there are plenty of Tar Heels represented.

That's good for North Carolina this season, but a scary thought for next year. It's going to be a challenge for coach Butch Davis to get some backups experience this year with so much NFL talent in front of them.

One of the questions that keeps popping up on the chats and in my mailbag is which team will be hit hardest by the draft next year, and Carolina is the first team that comes to mind. All the more reason to make the most out of that defense this year. Here's how the ACC fared in Kiper's first Big Board:

No. 3 UNC DE Robert Quinn

No. 8 BC OT Anthony Castonzo

No. 13 UNC DT Marvin Austin

No. 15 VT RB Ryan Williams

No. 16 Miami DE Allen Bailey

No. 18 UNC LB Bruce Carter

No. 21 Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling

The one name that should be an attention-grabber on here is Virginia Tech's Williams. Hokies' fans should relish this season with Williams, because if he's a top draft pick, running backs coach Billy Hite will be one of the first people urging Williams to go.