Lavonte David among the top 100 players in the NFL

High praise for one former Nebraska Cornhusker.

The newest top 100 list from CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco is out. The Nebraska Cornhuskers did see one former player make the list and another listed among the honorable mention. Both play on the defensive side of the ball.

We kick it off with Lavonte David.

Lavonte David, Linebacker: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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What CBS Sports Says…

The leader of the Tampa Bay defense remains a top run-and-chase linebacker in their scheme. While Devin White’s play leveled off a bit, David again had a good season. Age is starting to be a concern.

White and David are among the top linebacker duos in the league and this year should be no different. Provided the defense is able to help win another title in Tampa Bay, it is likely Lavonte David will be a major reason why.

Top 100 Ranking: No. 87 Overall

Randy Gregory, Edge: Denver Broncos

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Top 100 Ranking: Honorable Mention

Randy Gregory didn’t make the top 100 list but he was among that next group of players who can make a push for a spot. After spending his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys, Gregory moved over to the Denver Broncos in the offseason. After an issue with his contract, the former Huskers pass rusher opted to start fresh.

He looked rejuvenated in 2021 and 2022 could be a career year for him.

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Former Nebraska punter retires after 16-years in NFL

A former Husker is hanging it up after 16-years in the National Football League!

After 16-years in the NFL, a former Husker has announced his retirement. Baltimore Ravens punter Sam Koch announced his retirement on Thursday, ending his career as the longest-tenured player in franchise history. Koch punted for Nebraska during the ’04 and ’05 seasons averaging 44 yards a punt for his career. He also holds the school record for average per punt at 46.5 yards.

The Seward High School native was taken in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In 16-years in the NFL, he averaged 45 yards a punt with a career-long of 74 yards. He was a second-team All-Pro in 2015 and is a Super Bowl Champion (Super Bowl XLVII). Koch only missed one game in his NFL career during the 2020 season. The 39-year-old will now join the franchise as a special teams consultant and help develop recently drafted punter Jordan Stout, who was drafted in the fourth round of the most recent draft.

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What is Ndamukong Suh’s future in the NFL?

What does the NFL future hold for one of the all-time great Huskers?

A former Husker football legend is still unsure what his NFL future holds as we move closer and closer to the start of mandatory mini-camp. Ndamukong Suh has still not been signed by any 32 NFL teams. In the last week, reports have come out of the Tampa Bay front office that the team is not likely to resign Suh before the start of the season. A recent trip to Boston had sparked rumors that the Patriots were interested in the defensive lineman. However, that report was three weeks ago, and nothing new has come to the surface since then.

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The second overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft has played for four teams (Detroit, Miami, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay) in his 12 seasons. He was the 2010 Defensive Rookie of the Year, 3x First-team All-Pro (2010, 2013, 2014), 2x Second-team All-Pro (2012, 2016), and a 5x Pro Bowl selection. Suh won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV in 2020.

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In 2009, Suh had arguably the most remarkable season a defensive player ever had in college football. In 14 games, he had 85 tackles, 12.0 sacks, and 20.5 tackles for loss. Suh was a unanimous All-American, was the 2009 Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, the 2009 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and the 2009 AP Player of the Year, the first time a defensive player had ever won the award.

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Suh also won the Bednarik Award (best defensive player in college football), the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player in college football), the Lombardi Award (best college football lineman of the year), and the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman in college football). His accolades culminated on December 14th, 2009, when Ndamukong Suh finished fourth for the Heisman Trophy, receiving 161 1st place votes and finishing behind Cold McCoy, Toby Gerhart, and winner Mark Ingram.

Heisman Trophy finalists from left, Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, Alabama running back Mark Ingram, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and Nebraska defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Mandatory mini-camps will take place beginning in mid-June. Let’s see if Suh is signed before or after the mini-camp period. It’s looking like Suh may be viewed as an injury replacement at this stage in his career.

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Former Husker may be on new pro team in 2022

A former Husker may be on thin ice after the 2022 NFL Draft.

An article from USA Today has tabbed a former Nebraska punter as one of the NFL veterans on thin ice after the draft. Nate Davis named Baltimore Ravens Punter Sam Koch as someone who may be playing for a new team in 2022. Davis writes,

“He’s been on of the most effective and innovative at his position since 2006. However, the Ravens tabbed Penn State’s Jordan Stout in Round 4 – the first of four punters taken in this draft – an almost stone-cold indicator that Koch reached the end of the line in Baltimore.”

Koch punted for Nebraska in 2004 and 2005 and averaged 44 yards per punt during the timespan. He also holds the school record for yards per punt for a season with 46.5 yards in 2005. The Baltimore Ravens selected Koch in the 6th Round of the 2006 NFL Draft. His best season was in 2015 when he was elected to his only Pro Bowl and picked for the Second-team All-Pro team.

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NFL Draft: Samori Toure take 258 overall

The third and final Husker taken in the 2022 NFL Draft will be playing next season on the frozen tundra!!

Nebraska wide receiver Samori Toure will be headed to the NFC North to start his professional football career. The Portland, Oregon native was selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft with the 258th pick by the Green Bay Packers. In 2021, Toure had 46 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns. He was an Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten selection by the media as well. Before coming to Nebraska, Toure had played at FCS Montana, where he set numerous school records such as Single-Season Receiving Yardage Record (1,495 yards), Single-Season Receptions Record (82 catches), and Single-Game Receiving Yards Record (303 yards vs. SE Louisiana) which also set the FCS playoff record for Receiving Yards in a Game. He was the third receiver taken by Green Bay after Christian Watson with pick 34 and Romeo Doubs with pick 132

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NFL Draft: Cam Taylor-Britt taken 60th overall

A Husker is taken in the second round and is headed to the defending AFC Champions!!

A second Husker has now been taken in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Cincinnati Bengals have taken cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt with the 60th pick overall. The AFC Champions are fortifying their secondary in this draft as they took Michigan safety Daxton Hill with their selection in the first round. They needed to strengthen that part of their defense as the Bengals ranked 26th in pass defense, giving up an average of 248.4 yards per game.

Cam Taylor-Britt hails from Montgomery, Alabama. At the NFL combine, he stood at 5’11” tall and weighed 196 pounds. In 42 games at Nebraska, he had 96 career tackles, 2.5 sacks, 6 interceptions, and 27 passes defended. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and the media for the 2021 season. The Huskers had not had two players selected this high since the 2015 draft when Ammer Abdullah and Randy Gregory were taken in the second round with the 54th and 60th pick.

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NFL Draft: Eagles select Jurgens 51st Overall

The first Cornhusker is off the board for the 2022 NFL Draft.

The first Husker is off the board for the 2022 NFL Draft. Center Cam Jurgens was taken in the second round with the 51st pick overall by the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s an interesting selection as the Eagles were not a team regularly mentioned as looking at Jurgens. Philly is pretty set at center with 4x First-team All-Pro Jason Kelce handling those duties. I can understand that at 34-years-old there may be some thought of moving on in the not too distant future, but all four All-Pro seasons have occurred in the last five years. There doesn’t look to be a drop-off anytime soon.

It’s a fascinating pick for a second reason in that this is the second year that Phillidephia has taken a center in the 2nd round. Last year they selected Landon Dickerson from Alabama. Dickerson was no slouch as he was the 2020 Rimmington Trophy winner, which is given to the best center in college football. Now Dickerson plays at left guard, and the selection of Jurgens may solidify his placement there.

Jurgens started every game for Nebraska last season and was one of the top centers in the Big Ten this year, being named third-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and honorable-mention All-Big Ten by the Media. He’s the highest a Husker has been selected since Prince Amukamara was taken 19th overall in the 2011 draft.

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Pair of Huskers expected to be drafted on Day 2

A couple of Cornhuskers should expect to learn about their professional future tonight.

A pair of Cornhuskers should expect to hear their names called on Day 2 of tonight’s NFL Draft. Center Cam Jurgens and cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt are projected to be taken in the second or third round by NFL scouts and draft gurus. Jurgens will more than likely be the first Nebraska player off the board. At the combine, he came in at 6’3″ tall and weighed 303 pounds. The Beatrice, Nebraska native, started every game at center in 2021 and was selected third-team All-Big Ten by the conference’s coaches. According to ESPN’s draft analysis of the best available players, Jurgens was listed as the best center available, and the 31st ranked player overall.

Cam Taylor-Britt hails from Montgomery, Alabama. At the NFL combine, he stood at 5’11” tall and weighed 196 pounds. In 42 games at Nebraska, he had 96 career tackles, 2.5 sacks, 6 interceptions, and 27 passes defended. Taylor-Britt was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media in 2021. The ESPN draft trackers listed him as the fourth-best cornerback available and the 40th-best remaining player overall.

No one knows exactly what will happen tonight, but for these two proud Cornhuskers, it should be an evening they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.

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A pair of Huskers could be drafted earlier than expected

Could this offensive duo hear their names selected earlier than expected in the NFL draft?

With the NFL draft just around the corner, we’re focusing on two offensive players from the 2021 Nebraska football team that are set to make the jump to the professional level.

Of the NFL draft prospects, Cam Jurgens and Samori Toure could be the duo that is drafted higher than expected. At least that is how Pro Football Focus sees it just over a week from the draft. Jurgens ranks as the No. 93 player on their board but he could creep up to the top of day two. Toure wasn’t ranked but keep an eye out for him on day three.

Here is how PFF sees it:

Cam Jurgens, Center

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What PFF Says…

Jurgens is another scout’s favorite. One source projected him for the second round.

He didn’t allow a sack in 2021 and tested extremely well, running a 4.92-second 40-yard dash (96th percentile) with a 1.71-second 10-yard split (92nd), 34-inch vertical leap (6th), 9-foot, 11-inch broad jump (100th), 4.49-second short shuttle (84th) and 7.19-second 3-cone drill (99th) at 6-foot-3, 304 pounds.

Samori Toure, Wide Receiver

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What PFF Says…

Another scout’s favorite, Toure is a Day 3 pick who could go as high as the fourth round, per a source. He has good size at 6-foot-1, 191 pounds and hit the necessary marks in his testing with a 4.48-second 40-yard dash (61st percentile) and 6.77-second three-cone drill (84th).

Toure was used in the slot and dropped just two passes on 75 targets in 2021. He caught 46 passes for 896 yards with five touchdowns, including 13 catches for 552 yards and four scores on deep balls. He earned a 99.6 deep ball grade last season.

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