Ten-year NFL Draft snapshot: Northwestern

Ten-year NFL Draft snapshot: Northwestern

While Northwestern has been to seven bowls in the last 10 years, it has had only nine NFL draft picks in that span.

In fact, since 2007, Northwestern has failed to have a draft pick five times: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014. The last Wildcat to go in the first round? It was defensive end Luis Castillo in 2005 to the Chargers. Interestingly, NU had had two quarterbacks picked since 2010, with Mike Kafka going in the fourth round in 2010 to the Eagles and Trevor Siemian going in the seventh round to the Broncos in 2015 in one of the biggest draft steals of that year. NU has had no running backs or offensive linemen picked in the last 10 years, as well as no linebackers. But, that drought at linebacker will end in this year’s draft, which will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

NU has a premium pick at linebacker in Anthony Walker, Jr., who declared early for the draft and is projected by most to be a third- or a fourth-round selection. There also is a shot for defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo to be picked late along with linebacker Joseph Jones. But it’s unlikely Big Ten Receiver of the Year Austin Carr will be selected.

NORTHWESTERN DRAFT (2007-16)
Highest pick: Fourth round, No. 109 overall, 2010, DE Corey Wootton, Bears
Most fertile draft: 2010, three selections
Total first-round picks: 0
Total picks: 9

Position breakdown:
• Defensive line: 2
• Quarterback: 2
• Defensive back: 2
• Tight end: 2
• Receiver: 1

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

2015
Fourth round: S Ibraheim Campbell, Browns
Seventh round: QB Trevor Siemian, Broncos

2016
Fourth round: DE Dean Lowry, Packers
Sixth round: TE Danny Vitale, Buccaneers

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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