Ten-year NFL Draft snapshot: Maryland

Ten-year NFL Draft snapshot: Maryland

The last 10 years, Maryland has developed a knack for producing NFL defensive backs with five selected in the draft. That number may grow during this year’s draft, which will take place April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

Cornerback William Likely projects as a late-round pick. The diminutive speedster is adept in coverage and in run support. The 5-7, 180-pound Likely also doubles as a deadly return man. But Likely—who almost turned pro after a strong 2015 season that saw him play both ways at times–is coming off a knee injury that ended his 2016 early. How will that impact his professional prospects?

Offensive tackle Michael Dunn is the other Terrapin who has a decent shot to be selected. The 6-5, 300-pound Dunn is a tough, physical blocker who may go in the seventh round. After that, Maryland players like running back Trey Edmunds, wideout Teldrick Morgan and fullback Kenneth Goins, Jr., probably will be free-agent signees.

Here is a breakdown of how Maryland has fared in the last 10 NFL drafts.

MARYLAND DRAFT (2007-16)
Highest pick: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, 7th overall, 2009/Raiders
Most fertile draft: 2009, five picks
Total first-round picks: 1
Total picks: 20

Position breakdown:
• Defensive back: 5
• Receiver: 4
• Defensive line: 4
• Offensive line: 3
• Linebacker: 1
• Tight end: 1
• Running back: 1
• Punter: 1

2007
Second round: CB Josh Wilson, Seahawks
Fourth round: P Adam Podlesh, Jaguars
Fifth round: OT Jared Gaither, Ravens

2008
Fourth round: DT Dre Moore, Buccaneers

2009
First round: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders
Third round: DB Kevin Barnes, Redskins
Seventh round: LB Moise Fokou, Eagles
Seventh round: G Jaimie Thomas, Colts
Seventh round: TE Dan Gronkowski, Lions

2010
Fourth round: G Bruce Campbell, Raiders
Fifth round: CB Nolan Carroll, Dolphins

2011
Second round: WR Torrey Smith, Ravens
Seventh round: RB Da’Rel Scott, Giants

2012
None

2013
Seventh round: WR Kevin Dorsey, Packers

2014
Third round: CB Dexter McDougle, Jets

2015
Fifth round: WR Stefon Diggs, Vikings
Sixth round: NT Darius Kilgo, Broncos

2016
Second round: S Sean Davis, Steelers
Third round: DE Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars
Fifth round: DT Quinton Jefferson, Seahawks

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer

About Tom Dienhart: BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for BTN.com and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, and send him questions to his weekly mailbag.

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