Nebraska went into the 2019 NFL Draft having had at least one player selected in the draft every year since 1963. Getting another would have stretched that streak to 57 years. Instead, the streak ended on Saturday at 56.
The Huskers had a couple of key names that had a chance to be drafted over the weekend. Those two were wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. and running back Devine Ozigbo.
Morgan seemed like the top guy of the group after the first 1,000-yard receiving season in Nebraska program history. He was also invited to the NFL Combine. However, his results didn’t seem to give him enough of a boost to be drafted.
Ozigbo, on the other hand, wasn’t invited to the Combine. That came as a shock to many, especially after he averaged 7.0 yards a carry in 2018 and became the Huskers’ first 1,000-yard rusher in three years. Ozigbo did see his draft stock rise after Nebraska’s Pro Day this spring, and Coach Scott Frost had previously called him “a Sunday guy” after Nebraska's 53-28 win over Minnesota last season.
The last former Husker to be drafted was quarterback Tanner Lee. He went in the 6th round to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2018 NFL Draft. Nebraska had just one player selected in 2017 as well when Nathan Gerry went to the Eagles with the 184th pick (5th round). Prior to 2017, the Huskers had multiple players selected every year since 1963. The Huskers also never had to wait past the 190th pick until last year. Lee was the 203rd selection in 2018.
Nebraska and Purdue were the only two Big Ten programs without a player drafted this year.
While Nebraska did not have any players drafted, those available are certain to sign undrafted free agent deals. We’ll have an updated list on Hail Varsity as more is known.