The 2015 NFL Draft wasn't the most successful draft for Maryland players looking to catch on with pro teams, with just two players drafted. WR Stefon Diggs went in the fifth round to the Minnesota Vikings, while DL Darius Kilgo was selected in the sixth round by the Broncos.
As usual, most of Maryland's draft prospects this time around look to be seniors, with a few juniors mixed in. Last year didn't feature any major impact redshirt freshman, so the Terrapins don't have any players who will be looking to leave after their sophomore year.
The team will have 14 seniors next year, plus graduate student A.J. Hendy.
Here's a look at each draft hopeful.
Brad Craddock (K, Senior)- No. 1-ranked kicker, according to CBS.
Craddock is the team's most-likely draft pick and is the only senior who has already earned himself a sure spot in the draft. Kickers are always odd draft prospects- it's rare to see more than two go in a single draft. But Craddock, winner of the Lou Groza Award in 2014 as the nation's top kicker, figures to be the first one off the board. The Australian has improved tremendously in his three years at Maryland. Craddock came to Maryland as a punter, but was converted to placekicker his freshman year when kicker Nick Ferrara sustained a hip injury. In 2005 the Jets drafted kicker Mike Nugent with the 47th overall pick. While Craddock probably won't get drafted that high, we could see Craddock going in the fourth or fifth round a la Caleb Sturgis in 2013 or Greg Zuerlein in 2012.
Sean Davis (CB, Senior)
Davis could follow in the footsteps of Dexter McDougle, who turned in a solid (albeit short-lived) senior season in 2013 and was drafted by the Jets in the third round. McDougle had 97 tackles and six interceptions his senior season. If Davis can accumulate stats anywhere close to those, he should have a spot in the draft. Davis is entering his first full season at corner after spending the previous years of his college career at safety, and his versatility could help his draft stock.
Andrew Zeller (OG, Senior)
One of three seniors on the line, Zeller has the best shot at making the pros. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound senior has the size to be an NFL guard. With a solid performance in his senior season, he could find himself hearing his name called in the middle to late rounds.
Jefferson Ashiru (LB, Senior)
The graduate transfer from UConn could occupy a starting linebacker spot, and depending on how the season goes, could also slide up and occupy a slot in the late rounds.
Will Likely (CB, Junior)
The first team All-Big Ten corner is the team's standout player on defense, and could get drafted if he leaves after his junior season. If Likely has a truly amazing year, he could very well take off for the NFL in 2016. But barring a spectacular season, expect the diminutive defensive back to return to the Terps for his senior year.
Yannick Ngakoue (DE, Junior)
Ngakoue was an All-Big Ten honorable mention last year, and figures to be one of the stars of the defense in 2015. The linebacker is in a similar situation to Likely and could very well catapult himself into the draft with a standout performance in 2015, but much of it depends on how he adjusts to his move to the defensive line.
Levern Jacobs (WR, Senior)
The senior wide receiver has a chance to catch on with teams at the end of the draft, although it's more likely that he will go undrafted. However, Jacobs has never been given the playing time to be a star on the team, so it's possible he capitalizes on his new role, has a breakout season and gets drafted in the late rounds.
Brandon Ross (RB, Senior)
Ross should continue to be the Terps' starting running back next year, but his NFL draft prospects aren't great. Ross has never been a standout back and now that running backs are becoming less of a commodity in the NFL, you don't see too many picked. Still, with a strong final year in College Park, Ross could make his way into the later rounds.
A.J. Hendy (S, Grad.)
The grad student will occupy a starting safety spot this year, but will need a strong season to be considered for the draft. Scouts will be in attendance to watch Likely and Davis, so the safety will have an audience to impress.
Daxx Garman (QB, Senior)
It's a longshot, but the Oklahoma State Transfer could end up hearing his name called next April. If the senior beats out Caleb Rowe for the starting quarterback spot, anything's possible. Garman could head up a high-scoring offense that shoots him up into the late rounds. I mean, stranger things have happened.