The 2015 NFL Draft wrapped up last night, and three Boston College Eagles were selected in this year’s draft. Offensive lineman Ian Silbermann and Andy Gallik were both selected in the sixth round, to the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans respectively. The Philadelphia Eagles took defensive lineman Brian Mihalik in the seventh and final round.
This year’s star Eagle–quarterback Tyler Murphy–was not chosen in the draft, but was signed as an Undrafted Free Agent (UDFA) with the Pittsburgh Steelers last night. Three other BC football players–OL Bobby Varado (Minnesota Vikings), CB Manuel Asprilla (San Diego Chargers), and LB Josh Keyes (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)–were also signed to NFL teams.
Typically, late-round draft picks and UDFAs face an uphill battle when it comes to making a team’s final roster come August. NFL teams are allowed to enter camp with 90 players, and must reduce that number to 53 active players and ten practice squad members by the start of the season.
The two sixth-round selections, Silbermann and Gallik, have the best chances of making an NFL roster due to their dominance as linemen at the collegiate level. The other Eagles were by and large signed or drafted due to their potential upside. That being said, all seven of the players can certainly compete and should have a good chance of making NFL rosters come this fall.
Murphy, who quarterbacked the Eagles for only one season, will most likely not play QB at the pro-level if he stays in the NFL. Murphy’s speed and elusiveness will likely lead to him being tested out as a wide receiver in Pittsburgh. Athletic college quarterbacks transforming into wide-outs is common practice in the NFL.
On a non-BC note, the New England Patriots were able to snag a great value pick at #32 overall in Malcolm Brown, who will likely be the successor to now ex-Patriot Vince Wilfork. The first overall selection belonged to Tampa Bay, and the infamous Jameis Winston was their man. Doubters worry about his off-the-field immaturity, but his talent is unquestionable. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota was the second player off the board to Tennessee.
Analysts across the country have praised the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, and Minnesota Vikings’ draft picks. The Jets were able to grab the coveted USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams and Ohio State receiver Devin Smith; both players are projected to be starters. Additionally, the Jets snagged a potential QB of the future in Baylor’s Bryce Petty.
The NFL draft is impossible to judge accurately until years down the road when the players can be evaluated on their actual pro performance, but excitement about prospects is generated anyway. Hopefully the three Eagle draftees, and the four UDFA signees, can pan out and have long and successful careers though.