Owls Soar in the NFL: The Newest Drafts from Temple
Around this time of year, everyone in the sports world gets excited for one of the biggest events of the year – the NFL draft. The draft is typically one of the most anticipated sports events, as the NFL franchises select new players for the upcoming season. This year, however, the draft was drastically different than any other, as it was held via videoconferencing due to the coronavirus outbreak. Though the draft is different this year, there is so much to be excited about, like a record number of players from Temple University being drafted for the upcoming season!
The 2019 season was a notable one for Temple, as it was the team’s first year under new coach Rod Carey, formerly of Northern Illinois. The Owls went 8-5 for the season, and given the coaching style of Coach Carey, the record is only looking up from there. This draft year was special, as a total of four players from Temple were drafted, making it the first time in program history!
So where are the Owls going? Center Matt Hennessy was pick #78 in the third round by the Atlanta Falcons. Cornerback Harrison Hand, who transferred to Temple last year, was selected by the Minnesota Vikings, #169 overall. On Hand being drafted, Coach Carey said, “Only had Harrison for the one year. Came back home and obviously performed at a really high level for us and would expect that he will be doing the same on Sundays.”
One of the most exciting picks was by none other than the Philadelphia Eagles, who drafted Temple linebacker Shaun Bradley in the sixth round, #196. Bradley played consistently well last season, finishing with 87 tackles. Coach Carey complimented Bradley’s leadership, stating, “Shaun was one of those leaders that I don’t know I’ll ever have again in my coaching career. He led and people listened and it was a joy to watch. I know that will translate into the NFL for him. Really excited about his future.”
The last Temple pick came from former Temple coach, Bruce Arians of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Linebacker Chapelle Russell was selected in the seventh round, #241 overall. Russell finished behind Shaun Bradley with 72 tackles.
Owls, you can count on so many to root for you on Sundays now!