Dienhart: Check out Northwestern's 10-year NFL draft snapshot

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Dienhart: Check out Northwestern's 10-year NFL draft snapshot

Northwestern's Jeremy Ebert

US Presswire

The best way to describe Northwestern’s NFL draft success the last 10 years? Modest.

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The Wildcats have produced just 11 picks—with one first-round selection. That was defensive lineman Luis Castillo back in 2005. Six times in the last 10 years, NU has failed to have a pick: 2007-09, 2011, 2013-14. That belies the success Pat Fitzgerald has enjoyed in that span, taking the Wildcats to six bowls.

NU safety Ibraheim Campbell figures to be the first Wildcat off the draft board this year, projecting by most to be a mid-round selection. Wideout Kyle Prater and center Brandon Vitabile also have a chance to be picked.

NORTHWESTERN DRAFT (2005-14)

Highest pick: No. 28 overall, 2005, DT Luis Castillo, Chargers

Most fertile draft: 2005, 2006, 2010, three selections

Total first-round picks: 1

Total picks: 11

Position breakdown:

  • Defensive line: 3
  • Offensive line: 2
  • Running back: 1
  • Linebacker: 1
  • Quarterback: 1
  • Defensive back: 1
  • Tight end: 1
  • Receiver: 1

2005

First round: DT Luis Castillo, Chargers

Third round: OT Trai Essex, Steelers

Seventh round: RB Noah Herron, Steelers

2006

Fourth round: NT Barry Cofield, Giants

Seventh round: OT Zach Strief, Saints

Seventh round: LB Tim McGarigle, Rams

2007

None

2008

None

2009

None

2010

Fourth round: DE Corey Wootton, Bears

Fourth round: QB Mike Kafka, Eagles

Fifth round: DB Sherrick McManis, Texans

2011

None

2012

Seventh round: TE Drake Dunsmore, Buccaneers

Seventh round: WR Jeremy Ebert, Patriots

2013

None

2014

None

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