Nate Gerry

Nate Gerry, projected as a late-round pick, is Nebraska's top NFL draft prospect this year.

Nebraska is the only school in the country to have multiple players selected in every NFL draft since 1963, but that streak could be in jeopardy.

Draft analysts don’t seem to be very high on this year’s crop of former Huskers. Most do seem to agree that safety Nate Gerry is the top prospect among them, but even he’s only considered a late-round prospect at this stage. No other Nebraska players have a draftable grade, according to most projections.

There are still the Combine — for those that receive an invite — and Nebraska’s pro day left for former Huskers to make their case to NFL evaluators, and for reference, there are about 255 players drafted each year.

Gerry, who nearly set the school record for career interceptions, was the lone Husker at the Senior Bowl last month. The consensus on Gerry pegs him as a late-round selection, between the fifth and seventh rounds.

DraftWire has him at No. 151 overall, a fifth-round pick. DraftSite has him lower, at No. 237 overall and in the seventh round. But analysts at DraftTek and CBSSports have him outside the top 255 at No. 281 overall and No. 373, respectively. From a position standpoint, Ourlads ranks him the No. 10 strong safety while WalterFootball has him as the No. 15 safety (combining both free safeties and strong safeties).

Tight end Cethan Carter might be NU’s next best hope after Gerry to get drafted. He was a captain at last month’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, acknowledged for his strong performance during the week, but his draft prospects still appear slim.

CBSSports ranks him as the No. 312 overall prospect and the No. 18 tight end. Ourlads pegs him No. 24 at his position. There has been an average of 13 tight ends drafted each year over the last five.

Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp could be a potential draft candidate, but the torn meniscus he suffered in bowl practices remains an issue. That prevented him from playing in the East-West Shrine Game last month, though he was able to attend and interview with NFL personnel.

He doesn’t appear in many draft projections at this point, but Ourlads does rank him as the No. 45 wide receiver. There has been an average of 32 receivers drafted each year over the last five. Westerkamp being healthy enough to participate in Nebraska’s pro day in the spring would provide a much-needed boost.

Other former Huskers like Tommy Armstrong, Josh Banderas, Kevin Maurice, Alonzo Moore, Terrell Newby, Brandon Reilly, Michael Rose-Ivey and Dylan Utter will all hope to sneak into a late round or land an undrafted free agent deal.

The last time Nebraska didn’t have any former players taken in the NFL Draft was in 1962, though that year eventual Hall of Famer Mick Tingelhoff went undrafted. NU has produced at least three draftees in each of the last three years, including four taken in the 2016 draft.

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