It seems no one was pulling harder for William & Mary’s Tre McBride to be selected Saturday in the NFL Draft than everyone on Twitter. One sample of reaction as the projected third-rounder kept falling:
Finally, with the 28th pick in the seventh and final round, the Tennessee Titans — via the Denver Broncos and New York Giants — selected the wide receiver. The “special talent” with lifelong NFL dreams was the 245th of 256 players selected over three days in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Tyler Varga, who was hoping to end a 33-year NFL draft drought for Yale, was not. But he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts. (Follow all the draft hopefuls from ASN-affiliated schools at ASN NFL Draft Central.)
Here’s a recap of draft-day highlights involving the other 12 players from ASN-affiliated schools who were selected.
Saturday: NFL Draft Day 3
Once rivals in Conference USA, J.J. Nelson and D’Joun Smith could meet again in the NFL. Nelson, a wide receiver from UAB, was selected Saturday by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round (159th overall) of the NFL Draft. Smith, a cornerback from Florida Atlantic, was selected moments after graduating on Friday.
- Later, Kennard Backman became the second UAB player and third from Conference USA selected when the Green Bay Packers took the tight end in the sixth round (213th overall).
- Earlier, Chattanooga’s Davis Tull, who was not projected to be taken until the seventh round, was the first player selected from an ASN-affiliated school when the defensive end/outside linebacker was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round.
- Towson’s Tye Smith became the 25th of 30 cornerbacks selected when the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks took him in the fifth round.
- Delaware’s Nick Boyle and Tennessee State’s Robert Myers ended up as new teammates on the Baltimore Ravens after the Blue Hens tight end and the Tigers guard both went in the fifth round.
- A pair of Conference USA defensive tackles went in the final two picks of the sixth round, Rice’s Christian Covington to the Houston Texans followed by Rakeem Nunez-Roches of Southern Miss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Another Tennessee State player was selected when the Oakland Raiders drafted offensive lineman Anthony Morris with the first pick in the seventh round (218th overall).
- Darryl Roberts, the last of four C-USA players selected, went from Marshall’s conference championship team to the NFL’s championship team when the New England Patriots selected him in the seventh round.
Friday: NFL Draft Day 2
- Samford’s Jaquiski Tartt became the first player from FCS selected in the 2015 NFL Draft and the highest draft pick in Bulldogs’ history when the safety was taken by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round (46th overall).
- Florida Atlantic’s D’Joun Smith graduated then was the first Conference USA player selected when the Indianapolis Colts took the cornerback with the first pick in the third round (65th overall).