Former University of North Carolina QB T.J. Yates participated in his school’s pro day on Thursday.
Yates, according to a source with knowledge of his workout results, went 110 of 112 during his throwing session. Quarterbacks usually make 50-60 throws during a pro day.
Yates (6’3” 3/10, 229), who is projected to go off the board on the third day of the 2011 NFL Draft, threw the ball with very strong power and accuracy. While it’s rare for a quarterback to have accuracy problems during a pro day workout because he’s throwing to his passing targets that are uncovered, Yates’ performance was “as about as good as it gets” and he threw with a lot of confidence, according to the source.
Yates threw to a variety of passes to WR Greg Little, TEs Ryan Taylor and Zack Pianalto, RB Johnny White and others.
Yates, who had scheduled private workouts for the Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, is coming off a strong throwing session during February’s NFL Scouting Combine.
According to the football program’s official Twitter account, Little ran a 4.50 40-yard dash, White ran a 4.53 and DE Robert Quinn posted a very solid 4.57.
Yates and his teammates had to deal with the absence of some key players last season due to suspensions.
“I'd challenge anybody to go look somewhere else for some worse adversity in a team and a program because we had it from all angles as far as NCAA and academic stuff,” the quarterback said during the combine. “And on top of that, we had a ton of injuries. There were times we were stretching our depth charts in the middle of games to fifth-string running back. (Head) coach (Butch) Davis would look on the sideline the s asking if anyone could run down on kickoff. It got pretty hectic at some points. But I don't think any other team in the country went through what we did and we still salvaged a very good season out of it.”