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The Journal Gazette

Friday, April 27, 2018 11:40 pm

State football players still waiting to be drafted

JOURNAL GAZETTE

Though there were several players from Indiana colleges projected as possible early-round picks in the NFL Draft, there were none selected in the second or third rounds on Friday night.

That group will be waiting to hear their names called when the final four rounds begin at 12 p.m. today at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The top available player from an Indiana school according to most experts is Indiana tight end Ian Thomas, who ended Friday night as of one Mel Kiper Jr.'s "Best Available" prospects. Thomas is an athletic tight end who NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compared to Jermaine Gresham, but who lacks a long track record of success in college.

There are a handful of Notre Dame products who could be selected in the later rounds. After offensive linemen Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey both went in the Top 10 on Thursday, the best remaining prospect is likely wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, who led the Fighting Irish with nine touchdown catches and nearly 1,000 yards in 2016. Running back Josh Adams and tight end Durham Smythe are both projected to get picked before the draft ends.

Beyond Thomas, there are a couple of former Indiana standouts who are on the draft's bubble. Wide receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr., linebacker Tegray Scales and cornerback Rashard Fant could be among those selected today.

Once the draft is over, Saint Francis quarterback Nick Ferrer will likely be waiting for a team to try to sign him as an undrafted free agent, as will Purdue defensive linemen Gelen Robinson and Eddy Wilson and Ball State defensive end Anthony Winbush.