It's taken half a century, but it happened again: an NFL Draft has concluded without an Arizona State Sun Devil being selected.
Although it was widely expected that no ASU player would be in contention for a spot before Saturday—when rounds four through seven were held—it still comes as a bit of a surprise that not a single player was chosen.
Three Sun Devils were invited to February's Scouting Combine and thought to be in the draft mix.
Linebacker Brandon Magee was viewed as the Sun Devil likely to be taken first. Recent projections had him going as high as the 5th round due to his speed, athleticism and pass coverage ability. Safety Keelan Johnson has a very intriguing skillset, and could fit into a number of defensive systems. Punter Josh Hubner is one of the very best players available at his position, but teams most often abstain from drafting punters.
It was a bad draft year for the entire state, as the Arizona Wildcats did not see quarterback Matt Scott taken. This is the first time a Wildcat was not taken since 2005, and the first time both schools were shutout since 1963.
These Sun Devils will now be able to sign with the team of their choosing, sometimes viewed as a preferable course into the NFL than being a 7th round selection.
In the next 48 hours, look for these players to sign deals that will get them into camp for a chance to earn a roster spot:
LB Brandon Magee
S Keelan Johnson
P Josh Hubner
CB Deveron Carr
WR Rashad Ross
WR Jamal Miles
OT Brice Schwab