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NFL Draft Preview

DeVon Edwards, Breon Borders, Alonzo Saxton II / Duke Blue Devils / Photo by Chris Summerville

The 2017 NFL Draft is set to begin.  The first round will be held tonight with the remainder to take place over the course of Friday and Saturday.

The Blue Devils have added players to the NFL over the past several years either through the draft or free agency and could see the number of Duke alumni in the league increase again this year.

While Duke doesn’t have any sure thing draft prospects this year, several players are on the NFL radar and could sneak into one of the later rounds or, more likely, be scooped up in free agency or receive training camp invites.

DeVon Edwards saw his senior season end early due to injury, but the silver lining was the fact that he has had adequate rehab and recovery time.  Edwards could make a future in the NFL as a kick returner even if teams don’t see him taking the field as a defensive back.

Cornerback Breon Borders has shown pro potential since he first took the field as a freshman.  His coverage skills will certainly be enough reason for teams to give him a look.

Jela Duncan has great size and strength for a running back.  While he doesn’t have top end speed, he has the skills to play between the tackles at the next level.

Other Blue Devils, like Deondre Singleton could also attract attention from some teams just based on their athleticism.

The 2017 NFL Draft is expected to be another successful one for the ACC.  North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky could potentially be the number one pick if his hometown Browns decide to take him.  Either way Trubisky figures to be the first or second quarterback to be drafted.  Clemson has two players who could hear their name called in the first round.  Quarterback Deshaun Watson is considered by some to be the best QB prospect in the draft and wide receiver Mike Williams is high on all draft boards as well.  Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is also expected to be an early pick.