Friday, January 20, 2017

No UConn players among early entrants into 2017 NFL draft

The NFL announced that 103 players with remaining eligibility have declared for the NFL draft.

None of those hail from UConn which is good news for the Huskies are multiple members of the junior class have been touted as pro prospects including cornerback Jamar Summers, linebacker Junior Joseph and defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi.

Tulsa receiver Keevan Lucas, South Florida running back Marlon Mack and Houston defensive back Howard Wilson are the American Athletic Conference products on the list.

Here's a link to the list of early entrants

The NFL draft database run by (which I have found to be pretty effective at projecting later round draft picks) lists 20 UConn underclassmen in its 2018 listing of players but that includes running back Ron Johnson (who has said via social media that he will be transferring) and linebacker Jalen Stevens (who took part in Senior Day festivities).

Summers is rated as the No. 10 free safety, Fatukasi is the No. 12 defensive tackle, Tommy Myers and Alec Bloom come in at No. 22 and 33 on the list of tight ends, Luke Carrezola is 23rd among defensive ends while E.J. Levenberry is the 24th outside linebacker and Joseph is rated as the 29th inside linebacker.

As for this year's draft prospects, Obi Melifonwu is the No. 7 rated strong safety, Knappe is 24th among offensive tackles, Thomas is the 43rd rated receiver (seems a bit low to me), Richard Levy is 45th among offensive tackles and Jhavon Williams is 62nd among cornerbacks.

Speaking of UConn players pursuing the dream of playing in the NFL, offensive tackle Andreas Knappe and receiver Noel Thomas will be teammates on the American squad in tomorrow's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Knappe will wear No. 76 and Thomas' uniform number is 85. The American team is being coached by former NFL quarterback Jim Zorn and will air live on FS1 beginning at 4 p.m.

Former UConn quarterback D.J. Hernandez has been named the head coach at Ledyard High School according to a report in The Day of New London.

Hernandez had coaching stops as an assistant at Brown, Iowa and Miami (Fla.) and spent a season as the head coach at Southington High School.


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