April 28, 2011
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Several Northwestern football student-athletes hope to receive that long-awaited phone call from a National Football League team over the next three days as the 76th NFL Draft gets underway Thursday night in New York, N.Y.
The NFL began using a new format in last year's Draft, and it will stay the same for 2011. The first round will be held Thursday (7 p.m. CT on ESPN), the second and third rounds on Friday (5 p.m. CT on ESPN) and the fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday (11 a.m. CT on ESPN).
NU players who have been working out for NFL scouts over the past few months, including at NU's Pro Timing Day in March, are: linebackers Nate Williams and Quentin Davie, running back Stephen Simmons, cornerback Justan Vaughn, defensive end Corbin Bryant, punter and place-kicker Stefan Demos and wide receiver Sidney Stewart.
Each of the above players were significant contributors to Northwestern squads that won a combined 15 games in 2009 and 2010 as the Wildcats made back-to-back bowl game appearances.
This is the 17th year that the NFL has conducted seven rounds for its annual Draft. Since the Draft was reduced to seven rounds, Northwestern has had three players drafted in six different years -- 1997, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2010.
According to ESPN.com, as recently as this afternoon (April 28) there were talks about a plan for player transactions, which would include the signing of rookie undrafted free agents, that is slated to be released at 8 a.m. ET on Friday.
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