Two more UCF players heard their names called at the NFL Draft, with wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith and tight end Jordan Adkins both being selected in the third round, respectively. Smith was made the 91st pick of the draft in the third round when he was chosen by the New Orleans Saints. Adkins was selected seven picks later at No. 98 by the Houston Texans.
Three UCF players have been selected in the NFL Draft so far, as defensive back Mike Hughes was picked at No. 30 by the Minnesota Vikings. The number of UCF players being picked could go up by the end of Saturday, as linebacker Shaquem Griffin is amongst those awaiting to hear his name be called in the later rounds.
Smith becomes the ninth UCF receiver to be taken in the draft, with Ted Wilson (1987, 274th), Bernard Ford (1988, 65th), Shawn Jefferson (1991, 240th), Charles Lee (2000, 242nd), Doug Gabriel (2003, 167th), Brandon Marshall (2006, 119th), Mike Sims-Walker (2007, 79th) and Breshad Perriman (2015, 26th). The speedster was a second-team all conference selection in the American Athletic Conference. Smith caught 59 passes for 1,171 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Adkins became the third ever UCF tight end to be selected in the draft, along with Michael Gaines (2004, 234th) and Mike Merritt (2008, 239th). The new Texans tight end was a first-team all conference selection in the AAC and caught 32 passes for 515 yards and scored four touchdowns.
Amongst other UCF players that are awaiting to hear their names potentially called to the podium in rounds 4-7 are Griffin, linebacker Chequan Burkett, offensive linemen Chavis Dickey and Aaron Evans and defensive linemen Tony Guerad, Josh Ogidie, Seyvon Lowry and Jamiyus Pittman.
The NFL Draft continues today in Dallas, Texas at AT&T Stadium. Today concludes the final day of the draft.