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Prince Amukamara, CB: Round 1, No. 19 to the New York Giants
The Cornhuskers started to move off of the board early in the draft after their best player in the draft went to the New York Giants. After suffering some injury problems in the secondary over the past couple of seasons the Giants really got better and Amukamara should be a star with them shortly. This was a great pick.
Dejon Gomes, DB: Round 5, No. 15 to Washington
The Redskins decided to take a shot at Gomes, a player that could have been a seventh round pick and was thought to be by many experts. Gomes workouts this offseason may have creeped him up the Redskin’s draft boards.
He will get a shot to make the roster and could add some depth in the secondary for them in 2011.
Eric Hagg, DB: Round 7, No. 45 to Cleveland
Hagg just made the cut in this year’s draft and will try to make the team as a long shot. Hagg may be able to exhibit enough ability to make the Browns consider him as a practice squad player but has a lot of work to go in order to make Cleveland’s active roster (if he can).
Roy Helu, RB: Round 4, No. 8 to Washington
The Redskins must have really liked the Nebraska players as this was the third one that they selected. Helu has an opportunity to make the roster as a back that can get those tough yards through the middle and help make up for the loss of Clinton Portis. He should be able to make the roster and have a decent career in Washington.
Alex Henery, K: Round 4, No. 23 to Philadelphia
The Eagles took Henery in the fourth round meaning that he will probably end up being the starting kicker, barring any setbacks, before it’s all said and done. Henery should be able to fit what the Eagles are looking for in a kicker but will have a tough place to play with the weather and the crowd there in Philadelphia.
Niles Paul, WR: Round 5, No. 24 to Washington
Washington dipped into the Cornhuskers pool of talent and pulled out their third Nebraska player in Paul. Paul has quietly been one of the more underrated wide receivers in the draft. With his versatility (his ability to play on special teams and return kicks) he could find a home on their active roster at the end of training camp.
Keep an eye on Paul as he may develop into a solid player as his career moves forward.
Keith Williams, OL: Round 6, No. 31 Picked 31st, Round 6 by the Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers needed a lot of offensive line help in this draft, and even though they waited until the sixth round to grab him, Williams may be able to contribute at some point in his career. He’s got a long uphill battle ahead of him but he just might make the practice squad and end up contributing sometime down the road.
Not Drafted: Pierre Allen, DL
Allen not being drafted comes as a little bit of a surprise because he was rated by some to be a fifth or sixth round pick. You can bet that someone is going to want him when undrafted free agents can be signed.
Henry Richard, OL
Richard is another prospect that most experts felt could have been a late round pick but he slipped out of the draft without getting drafted. He’s another strong candidate for getting signed as an undrafted free agent and making his way into the NFL that way.