Nebraska football: No Huskers in first four rounds of latest mock draft

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 24: Wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr.
LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 24: Wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. /

A new mock draft gives a dire warning to Nebraska football players with NFL aspirations.

Those who continue to claim that the Nebraska football team has plenty of talent, probably need to take a look at the latest Draftwire NFL mock draft. USA Today has posted it’s latest projections for the first four rounds.

In those first four rounds, not a single Husker is projected to be drafted. This might be especially bad news for Tanner Lee and Stanley Morgan.

Both juniors, the Huskers starting quarterback and wide receiver have been rumored to be at least looking at going pro. Lee came into the season with some projecting he’d go in the first round if he had a solid 2017.

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It appears that 2017 season was not solid enough, as he’s now not projected to go in the first few days. It’s possible that Draftwire is only looking at players that have declared for the draft but it’s not clear whether Morgan or Lee would be inside the top four rounds even if you assume they’re gone.

This is worse news for Husker seniors that are absolutely gunning for the NFL. Defensive back Chris Jones came into the season as someone who was up for quite a few awards.

An injury, and unremarkable play, once he returned, seems to have killed his draft stock. Josh Kalu, Marcus Newby and De’Mornay Pierson-El all came into 2017 likely hoping they could raise some NFL eyebrows.

While most of these guys will likely get the chance to sign as undrafted free-agents, it goes to show just how deficient the pro-level talent base has been for the Huskers over the years.

Some of that is development by Mike Riley and company. Some is a lack of recruiting by Bo Pelini and his staff. Some is a combination of the two.

One thing is clear, one year after the Nebraska football team had exactly one player drafted, in the seventh round, the 2018 draft is going to be similarly bleak. Turning that around is one of the top jobs Scott Frost is going to have to undertake.