Members of the 2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class and Campbell Trophy finalists look to continue their football careers at the NFL level. East Carolina wide receiver Zay Jones was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. 2016 Campbell Trophy winner and Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell signed with the Baltimore Ravens, where he hopes to make a roster that features 2013 Campbell Trophy winner John Urschel (Penn State).
Three others from the class signed as undrafted free agents, including BYU quarterback Taysom Hill (Green Bay Packers), Central Michigan quarterback Cooper Rush (Dallas Cowboys) and Northern Iowa defensive end Karter Schult (Cleveland Browns). San Jose State wide receiver Tim Crawley was invited to the Browns’ rookie minicamp.
Four semifinalists for the 2016 Campbell Trophy were also selected in the 2017 NFL Draft: Wisconsin’s Vince Biegel (Packers, fourth round), Memphis’ Jake Elliott (Bengals, fifth round), Wyoming’s Chase Roullier (Redskins, sixth round) and North Carolina State’s Jack Tocho (Vikings, seventh round).
Semifinalists for the 2016 Campbell Trophy who signed as undrafted free agents include Nebraska’s Josh Banderas (Broncos), Mississippi State’s Richie Brown (Buccaneers), Marshall’s Emanuel Byrd (Chiefs), Missouri State’s Dylan Cole (Texans), Virginia’s Nicholas Conte (Browns), Missouri’s Sean Culkin (Chargers), Utah’s Hunter Dimick (Jaguars), Tulsa’s Dane Evans (Jets), Eastern Michigan’s Cole Gardner (Buccaneers), West Virginia’s Tyler Orlosky (Eagles), Michigan State’s Josiah Price (Vikings), Harvard’s Max Rich (Patriots), Southern Miss’ Cameron Tom (Saints), Miami (Fla.)’s Justin Vogel (Packers) and Pittsburg State (Kan.)’s Deron Washington (Falcons).
Members of the 2017 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career, were also chosen in the NFL Draft. Utah offensive tackle Garett Bolles was selected No. 20 overall by the Denver Broncos. Other members of the Hampshire Honor Society drafted include Vanderbilt’s Will Holden (Cardinals, fifth round), Western Michigan’s Taylor Moton (Panthers, second round), Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine (Redskins, fourth round), Virginia Tech’s Sam Rogers (Rams, sixth round) and Utah’s Marcus Williams (Saints, second round).
Members of the 2017 NFF Hampshire Honor Society who signed as undrafted free agents include Florida’s Austin Appleby (Cowboys), Boise State’s Travis Averill (Falcons), Cincinnati’s Deyshawn Bond (Colts), Northwestern’s Austin Carr (Patriots), Arkansas’ Jared Collins (Rams), Utah State’s Wyatt Houston (Chiefs), Weber State’s Tre’Von Johnson (Cardinals), UConn’s Andreas Knappe (Falcons), Georgia Southern’s Younghoe Koo (Chargers), Illinois State’s Cameron Lee (Saints), Illinois’ Wes Lunt (Vikings), Boise State’s Sam McCaskill (Vikings), Dartmouth’s Charlie Miller (Jaguars), Toledo’s Storm Norton (Lions), Michigan State’s Tyler O’Connor (Bengals), Minnesota’s Jonah Pirsig (Titans), Nebraska’s Brandon Reilly (Bills), Arkansas’ Dan Skipper (Cowboys), Boise State’s Thomas Sperbeck (Buccaneers), Wayne State (Mich.)’s Nate Theaker (Cowboys) and Boise State’s Mario Yakoo (Redskins).
NFF Board Member, NFL Commissioner and 2013 NFF Gold Medal recipient, Roger Goodell, welcomed the crowd and announced the first round selections. A number of special guests helped announce draft picks in rounds 2 and later, including College Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (Syracuse), Harry Carson (South Carolina State), Floyd Little (Syracuse), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), John Randle (Texas A&M-Kingsville), Will Shields (Nebraska), Rod Smith (Missouri Southern State), Thurman Thomas (Oklahoma State) and Jack Youngblood (Florida); Hall of Famers and NFF National Scholar-Athletes Tony Boselli (Southern California) and Randy Gradishar (Ohio State); 2010 Campbell Trophy winner Sam Acho (Texas); 1976 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Vince Ferragamo (Nebraska); and 2002 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Bradie James (LSU).