Corey Davis, two St. Rita grads highlight locals drafted into NFL

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NIU receiver Kenny Golladay at the NFL Scouting Combine. (AP)

Here are the players from the Chicago area who were drafted.

WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan

High school: Wheaton Warrenville South.

Selection: Titans, first round, 5th overall.

Quick hit: The Titans clearly weren’t scared off by Davis’ recent ankle surgery. He instantly becomes a go-to target for quarterback Marcus Mariota.

C Ethan Pocic, LSU

High school: Lemont

Selection: Seahawks, second round, 58th overall.

Quick hit: He was an All-American center in college, but the Seahawks like his versatility. At 6-6 and 310 pounds, he has the size for tackle.

G Dan Feeney, Indiana

High school: Sandburg

Selection: Chargers, third round, 71st overall.

Quick hit: The Chargers drafted Feeney and Western Kentucky guard Forrest Lamp (second round, 38th overall) to improve the middle of their line.

WR Kenny Golladay, Northern Illinois

High school: St. Rita

Selection: Lions, third round, 96th overall.

Quick hit: The Lions said they will expand his route-running but he was a very productive player at NIU, scoring 18 times in two years.

DT Jaleel Johnson, Iowa

High school: Montini

Selection: Vikings, fourth round, 109th overall.

Quick hit: Johnson joins one of the league’s best defenses. He can be instant depth behind Shariff Floyd and Linval Joseph.

DT Ryan Glasgow, Michigan

High school: Marmion

Selection: Bengals, fourth round, 138th overall.

Quick hit: Glasgow joins a defensive line led by All-Pro Geno Atkins and 2016 fourth-round pick Andrew Billings.

K Jake Elliott, Memphis

High school: Lyons

Selection: Bengals, fifth round, 153rd overall.

Quick hit: The Bengals cut veteran kicker Mike Nugent in December. It will be Elliott’s job to lose against Randy Bullock.

TE Eric Saubert, Drake

High school: Hoffman Estates

Selection: Falcons, fifth round, 174th overall.

Quick hit: Saubert faces a transition after playing everywhere at Drake. But he’s an athletic threat with a knack for big production.

DE Pat O’Connor, Eastern Michigan

High school: St. Rita

Selection: Lions, seventh round, 250th overall.

Quick hit: The fun fact here is that he joins high school teammate Golladay in Detroit. O’Connor had 8 ½ sacks in his final college season.


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