Browns WR Greg Little, 6-2 and 220 pounds, had only one full-time season at receiver for former Browns coach Butch Davis. He was a starting tailback his sophomore year, because the Tar Heels were deep with future NFL receivers. He had 62 catches for 724 yards and five touchdowns in 2009, and then was one of several frontline Tar Heel players suspended in 2010 for accepting improper benefits.
Yet coach Pat Shurmur affirmed that he sees enough in Little to project him as the team's possible No. 1 receiver. It helps that North Carolina ran a West Coast-style offense.
"He has a lot of the attributes you look for in a receiver," Shurmur said. "He can beat bump and run. He's extremely good about catching the football. He'll fight for the ball. He finds a way to separate. He's got size. And he finds a way to get in the end zone. That's something very critical for a receiver."
Little's elite size and experience as a "downhill runner" at tailback give him a physical -- almost angry -- temperament on the field. Heckert said, "When he catches the ball, he tries to hurt you."