The 2011 NFL Draft was held Thursday-Saturday in New York City and when it was all said and done seven Nebraska Cornhuskers were picked by NFL teams. The Washington Redskins picked three Huskers which had a lot of people thinking what’s going on in the nations capital?

Prince Amukamara was first to go as he was the #19th pick in the 1st round the New York Giants
Roy Helu was the 8th pick in the 4th round to the Washington Redskins
Alex Henery was the only place kicker taken in the draft and he went to the Philadelphia Eagles with the 23rd pick in the 4th round
Dejon Gomes was picked next by the Washington Redskins #15 in the 5th round
Niles Paul was the the other player picked by the Redskins as he was selected with the 24th pick in the 5th round
Keith Williams was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 6th round with the 31st pick
Eric Hagg was the final Husker picked in the draft as he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 7th round

Overall getting seven players selected was nice. Former players like D.J. Jones, Mike McNeill, and Ricky Henry will get looks at by teams that can sign free agents once the lockout is lifted. Right now players can’ t do a whole lot but sit back and see how things go as far as the lockout is concerned.

Congrats to everyone that got drafted and to those that did not, good luck in the free agent pool!

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It sure wasn’t pretty on Friday afternoon in Boulder, Colorado but the Nebraska Cornhuskers were able to get out of town with a 28-20 victory over their Big 12 North rivals. The score was a lot closer then it should have been as the Buffs tacked on a touchdown with a long touchdown pass as time expired in the game. All in all it’s another win and the Huskers have now won five in a row since losing to Iowa State back on Oct. 24th.

The play of the game in my opinion was Niles Paul’s 59-yard punt return. The touchdown put the Huskers on the board when their offense was not moving the ball and gave the team a little boost of confidence in my mind. Another key play in the game was the pick six interception that was returned by Matt O’Hanlon in the second quarter.

I’m not sure where this offense is heading but it sure isn’t pretty. Once again Zac Lee struggled as did the offensive line. Just two touchdowns against the Colorado defense is terrible. The one bright spot I though on offense was freshman Rex Burkhead who carried the ball 18 times for 100 yards and one touchdown. Burkhead ran the ball better than Roy Helu Jr!

The defense was not their usual self as they allowed over 400 yards of offense but most of that game on big plays that can be fixed. It will be interesting to see if the defense can step things up in the Big 12 championship in a week against Texas. Time will tell.

On to Dallas boys! It’s time to start looking ahead to the Big 12 Championship!

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