NFL Draft Nebraska Outlook

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With the first underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft, Husker Corner takes a look at the draft stock of Nebraska players, including junior running back Rex Burkhead, who will have to decide in the next month whether or not he will declare for the NFL Draft.

Alfonzo Dennard – Cornerback

Late 1st Round

While Dennard’s numbers have been down a bit this season, he’s still proven that he is one of the best lock down corners in the country. Shutting down Michigan State wide receiver BJ Cunningham was big for Dennard’s stock.

Lavonte David – Linebacker

Late 2nd Round

David clocks in at only 6’1” 225 lbs, which is very small for an NFL linebacker. While his size hurts his draft stock a lot, David’s nose for the ball and acceleration make him an optimal weakside linebacker in the NFL.

Jared Crick – Defensive Tackle

Late 2nd – Early 3rd Round

Crick’s stock plummeted when he tore his pectoral muscle. The injury, which has a recovery time of eight months, produced a big question mark for Crick. That, paired with his slumping production, dropped him from a late first rounder to a third round pick.

Rex Burkhead – Running Back – Junior (Hasn’t Declared for NFL Draft)

Late 3rd – Early 4th Round

While it’s extremely unlikely that Burkhead will come out after this season, if he decided to declare, he would find a home no later than the end of the fourth round. Burkhead’s playmaking ability, leadership and balance make him an appealing NFL backup. Still, don’t count on him leaving this year.

Jermarcus Hardrick – Offensive Tackle

4th – 6th Rounds

Yoshi’s big frame alone makes him appealing for the NFL. While he still makes some mental mistakes and while his form isn’t perfect, Hardrick’s pure strength and size will be enough to get him drafted.

Mike Caputo – Center

6th – 7th Rounds

Caputo has been an underdog for years. His height has, and will continue to, play against him. Caputo, a Rimington watch-lister, began his career as a walk-on at Nebraska and earned his role as an anchor on the Husker offensive line. His go-get-it attitude will improve his draft stock.

Austin Cassidy – Safety

7th Round or Undrafted Free Agent

Cassidy, who started his career as a walk-on at Nebraska, has evolved into one of the most consistent players on the Blackshirts defense. While his speed and hit power don’t translate well to the NFL level, his playmaking ability and tackling consistency will earn him a spot on an NFL roster, most likely as a backup.
Undrafted Free Agents

Brandon Kinnie – Wide Receiver

Marcel Jones – Offensive Tackle

Terrence Moore – Defensive Tackle

Unlikely to make an NFL roster

Jon Damkroger – Punter

Jim Ebke – Linebacker

Curenski Gilleylen – Running Back

Austin Jones – Running Back

Tyler Legate – Fullback

Luke Lingenfelter – Offensive Line

Jay Martin – Tight End

Mathew May – Linebacker

Marcus Mendoza – Cornerback

Kevin Thomsen – Tight End

Lance Thorell – Defensive Back

By Chris Peters