Three Huskers Taken in NFL Draft, Six More Sign Contracts

SportMonkAnalyst IApril 29, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 21:  Offensive lineman Lydon Murtha of Nebraska runs in practice drills during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Husker fans had to wait a bit before hearing their players' names in the NFL Draft over the weekend.

Cody Glenn, the I-back turned linebacker, was the first Nebraska player taken in the draft at 158th, fifth round by the Washington Redskins as a linebacker. After playing three years as an I-back at Nebraska, Glenn was converted to linebacker for his final season with the Huskers before being dismissed from the team with five games left in the season.

At any rate, the switch for Glenn appeared easy and his performance in the NFL combine showed his promise as a pro linebacker.

The second Husker taken was offensive lineman Matt Slauson, taken at 193rd by the New York Jets. Slauson will be rejoin former Nebraska head coach and current Jets offensive coordinator Bill Callahan in New York, protecting former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.

The last Husker taken in the 2009 NFL Draft was offensive lineman Lydon Murtha at 228th in the seventh round by the winless Detroit Lions. Detroit needs a new offensive line worse than Nebraska did a couple seasons ago during the Callahan reign of terror.

The trio of draftees made it 40 in a row that at least three Nebraska players were taken in the draft.

A few other Huskers signed free agent deals with NFL teams.

Former I-back Marlon Lucky and defensive tackle Ty Steinkuhler signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Defensive end Zach Potter will join Slauson and Callahan with the Jets.

Wide receiver Todd Peterson signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and wide receiver Nate Swift signed with the Denver Broncos. 

Finally, quarterback Joe Ganz will join Glenn in D.C. with the Redskins.

Nine more former Nebraska players will try to make their mark in the NFL while I wonder why I even watched the first day of the draft past the first 10 picks.