Drafted: Pick 30 of the 4th round by Buffalo
Positives: Quick-twitch type with deceptive speed and good strength...Has a very good knowledge of the offensive game plan...Competitive enough to fight for extra yardage after the catch...Shows functional acceleration off the line...Runs crisp routes, coing in and out of his breaks sharply...Fluid in his stride...Does a nice job of tracking the ball in and makes proper body adjustments going for the pigskin in traffic...Has the natural hands needed to make all the catches...Strong runner who is very tough to bring down in isolated coverage...Makes a good effort as a blocker...Quick to spot when the quarterback is in trouble, coming back to make the underneath catch...Fearless over the middle, making the acrobatic catches seem routine...Maintains body control, balance and agility when knifing through traffic.
Negatives: Lack of sustained quickness results in him being taken down from behind too often...Does not explode coming out of his cuts, needing to gather before heading upfield...Can catch the ball away from his body, but tends to lose concentration with the defender in front of him...Appears sluggish on his initial burst and has to do a better job of using his hands to get a push off the defender to defeat the press.
Blossomed into one of UNC's most consistent threats as a junior...Has the ability to go across the middle, make the difficult catch and take a hit...He is also a dangerous deep threat who earned "Super Ram" status in the weight room and is a member of the strength and conditioning honor roll...Finished his career with 146 receptions for 2205 yards (15.1 avg) and 15 touchdowns...Only Leon Johnson (151, 1993-96), Corey Holliday (155, 1989-93) and Na Brown (165, 1995-98) caught more passes in Tar Heel history...His 2205 yards are topped only by Octavus Barnes (2398, 1994-97) and Holliday (2447) on the school's career-record list...His 15 scoring grabs rank behind Art Weiner (18, 1946-49) and Barnes (19) in school annals.
All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team choice...Winner of the E. Carrington Smith Award (team MVP-offense) and Art Weiner Award (most outstanding receiver)...Set school season-records as he hauled in 68 passes for 990 yards (14.6 avg) and four touchdowns, topping the previous marks of 55 catches by Na Brown (in both 1997 and '98) and 970 yards by Octavus Barnes (1995)...Added 18 yards on a kickoff return and 5 yards on a pair of punt returns (2.5 avg)...Averaged 84.4 all-purpose yards per game.
Miami (Oh.)...Voted the team's offensive captain prior to the season opener, he responded with 8 receptions for 174 yards and a 37-yard score...His 174 yards rank sixth on the school's game-record list.
Syracuse...Made 5 catches for 91 yards and returned a kickoff 18 yards.
Texas...Followed with 3 catches for 62 yards and a 15-yard touchdown.
Arizona State...Caught 5 passes for 70 yards.
North Carolina State...Had another 5 grabs, good for 71 yards.
Virginia...Totaled 179 yards (fifth-best game total in UNC annals) on 7 receptions with 77 & 14-yard scores.
Maryland...Hauled in a career-high 10 passes (fifth-best game total in school history) for 102 yards and gained 4 yards on a punt return.
Clemson...Had 8 receptions for 58 yards.
Duke...Closed out his career with 88 yards on 8 catches.
Led the team with 46 catches for 789 yards (17.2 avg) and eight touchdowns...His eight scoring catches were the second-most ever by a Tar Heel (tying three others) and were the most since Marcus Wall had a school-record nine in 1994...Ranked third in the ACC in touchdown catches and was fifth in the ACC in receiving yards per game (65.8 avg)...Had 12 catches over 20 yards, including three over 65 yards...Led the team in all-purpose yards with 974 (789 on receptions, 79 on punt returns, 105 on kickoff returns)...Had at least one catch in every game and made at least four catches in seven games.
Maryland...Recorded a solo tackle and caught 5 passes for 49 yards.
Florida State...Snatched 5 passes for 63 yards and a 20-yard score.
Virginia...Hauled in 3 passes for 90 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown.
Clemson...Followed with 5 receptions for 82 yards.
Georgia Tech...Had touchdown catches of 15 & 21 yards.
Wake Forest...Gained 108 yards on 5 catches with a 21-yard touchdown.
Duke...Grabbed 7 passes for 156 yards, including 72 & 18-yard scores...Returned 3 punts for 35 yards.
Auburn (Peach Bowl)...Made 7 catches for 73 yards.
Played in every game at wide receiver and also was the Tar Heels' top kickoff return man... Third on the team with 29 receptions for 410 yards (14.1 avg) and three touchdown... Returned 18 kickoffs for 365 yards (20.3 avg) and two punts for 20 yards...Caught at least three passes in six games.
Wake Forest...Scored on a 46-yard grab.
Florida State...Had 5 receptions for 77 yards and a 43-yard touchdown.
Marshall...Gained 48 yards on 4 catches.
Georgia Tech...Followed with a 4-yard touchdown reception.
Tulsa...Added 68 yards on 3 grabs.
Named UNC's Co-Most Outstanding Freshman along with defensive end Julius Peppers...One of four true freshmen to play...Appeared in every game at wide receiver and returning kicks...Caught three passes for 16 yards, returned 13 kickoffs an average of 21.2 yards and 12 punts an average of 1.9 yards...His first college catch was a 6-yarder at Clemson... Also had 5-yard receptions vs. Houston and Maryland...Longest kickoff return was a 34-yarder vs. Wake Forest...Also had a 33-yard return at Maryland.
No injuries reported.
Campus Agility Tests
4.64 in the 40-yard dash...320-pound bench press...525-pound squat...319-pound power clean...36-inch vertical jump...9'9" broad jump...32-inch arm length...9 7/8-inch hands.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
31 1/4 10 15 4.65 2.71 1.62 39 1/2 10'1" 7.22
Attended James Kenan (Warsaw, N.C.) High...Two-time All-Conference recipient in track, football and basketbal...Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Shrine Bowl...Caught six passes for 136 yards and a touchdown in the Shrine Bowl...Led the team to an 11-2 record and the third round of the state 1-A playoffs in 1998...As a senior, he scored 20 touch-downs; 17 by reception and three on special teams...Caught passes for more than 900 yards...Also intercepted 11 passes...Rushed for 785 yards and had 500 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior...Earned All-Conference honors in basketball and track... Played quarterback as a sophomore and halfback as a junior when he rushed for 800 yards...Placed second in the state in the high jump...Coached by Kim Brown.
Exercise and Sports Science major...Son of Natalie Aiken...Nicknamed "Sleeper"...Born Samuel Aiken on 12/14/80 in Clinton, North Carolina...Resides in Kenansville, North Carolina.
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