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Nebraska Football: NFL Draft Projections for Every Former Cornhusker

Erin SorensenContributor IMay 5, 2014

Nebraska Football: NFL Draft Projections for Every Former Cornhusker

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    The NFL draft begins Thursday and Nebraska fans have three players to keep an eye on. These players have the opportunity to join the current 25 former Huskers in the NFL, per Huskers.com.

    While Nebraska doesn't have a long list of potential draftees this year, per Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller, there are still a few that could hear their names called later this week. Who could those players be?

    Here is a closer look at the three Huskers who have the potential to go in this weekend's draft.

Stanley Jean-Baptiste

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    Matt Miller's Thoughts

    Matt Miller has had an eye on Stanley Jean-Baptiste for a while now, so it's no surprise that he predicts the cornerback will be drafted before any other Cornhusker. Also, prior to senior week, he saw Jean-Baptiste's stock as rising. In his final mock draft, Miller has Jean-Baptiste being drafted late in the second round.

     

    What He Brings to the Table

    At 6'3" and 218 pounds, Jean-Baptiste has definitely sparked some interest from NFL teams. As of now, NFL Draft Scout has him ranked as the No. 12 cornerback in the draft.

    As Miller pointed out, he's been compared to Richard Sherman. While they're not identical players, the similarities are what excite teams. Jean-Baptiste is a big cornerback who could be moved to safety depending on a team's needs, but he's aggressive.

    "Some may knock his hip technique or how high he plays, but when you're over 6'2", you won't be as flexible as a smaller cornerback. That's OK, because a smaller cornerback can't press and jam like he can," Miller noted.

     

    Where He Will Be Selected: Late second round

    Teams That May Bite: San Francisco 49ers (Miller's Pick), New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions

Spencer Long

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    Matt Miller's Thoughts

    Miller has Spencer Long being drafted somewhere in the mid-sixth round.

     

    What He Brings to the Table

    Long was expected to be a much higher draft pick than where he is currently being projected. However, a season-ending knee injury during the Purdue game in 2013 put a wrench in the plans. Since then, he's been projected everywhere from the fourth to the seventh round and everywhere in between. Because of that, Long could definitely be a big steal for a team.

    WalterFootball.com viewed Long as a potential top-100 selection before his ACL injury. In a testing two weeks ago, The Omaha World Herald reported that that he "ran the 40-yard dash in 5.03 seconds and posted a 4.4 in the pro agility and a 7.23 in the three-cone drill. All of those times would have put him among the top 10 guards at the combine."

     

    Where He Will Be Selected: Anywhere from the second round to the sixth round

    Teams That May Bite: Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles

Quincy Enunwa

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    Matt Miller's Thoughts

    Miller sees Quincy Enunwa as an unrestricted free agent.

     

    What He Brings to the Table

    Enunwa was Nebraska's leading receiver in 2013 and the MVP of the Gator Bowl after catching the longest pass play in school and bowl history, per The Omaha World Herald. Beyond just his catching abilities, Enunwa has received a lot of attention for his ability to block. Tall and muscular, the wide receiver's strength is definitely his selling point.

    A big concern from potential teams is his number of drops, but some of that can be credited to a new quarterback in 2013. Regardless, Enunwa has the speed and size that would make him beneficial to quite a few teams.

     

    Where He Will Be Selected: Late seventh round or free agent, per NFL Draft Scout

    Teams That May Bite: Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers

Likely Free Agents

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    Beyond those Miller has listed to be drafted, here are the remaining players who are likely free agents:

    CB Ciante Evans

    OT Jeremiah Sirles

    CB Mohammed Seisay

    OT Brent Qvale

    DE Jason Ankrah

    OG Andrew Rodriguez

    QB/WR/DB Taylor Martinez

    C Cole Pensick

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