Gregory Senat was one of the fortunate few last spring.
The Wagner offensive tackle heard his name called in the 2018 NFL Draft, joining an exclusive club of NEC alumni. Senat was only the sixth Northeast Conference athlete to be taken in the big league draft.
With the Baltimore Ravens giving him a fair share of reps at the tackle spot, Senat showed plenty of promise during rookie camp and training camp prior to suffering a season-ending injury in a preseason game. After landing on IR, he’ll look to make his mark again in Baltimore this offseason.
Meanwhile, plenty of Northeast Conference alumni have hopes of joining Senat in the NFL and a healthy number of them are likely to receive some kind of opportunity (Drafted, UDFA signing, Rookie Camp Tryout).
When it comes to NEC prospects with “draftable grades,” the three names that most frequently appear in the abundance of pre-draft literature and listings that exist across the worldwide web are – CCSU QB Jacob Dolegala, Duquesne WR Nehari Crawford and Wagner RB Ryan Fulse.
All three men earned All-NEC First Team distinction at the conclusion of the 2018 regular season.
Should no NEC player hear his name called during the seven-round NFL Draft, the UDFA route has proven fruitful in past years.
In fact, the three longest-tenured NFL players – RMU’s Hank Fraley (142 games), Monmouth’s Miles Austin (129 games) and Wagner’s Julian Stanford (72 games – ACTIVE) – all signed NFL contracts as undrafted free agents.
In the meantime, have a glance at all of the NEC-related pre-draft Twitter chatter that we have laid out below…