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Maryland football might have slightly better prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

maryland football spring game practice Alexander Jonesi

Maryland football didn’t have anyone taken in the 2017 NFL Draft. Next year’s edition might be similar, and projecting it is hard.

CBS Sports and Walter Football both have projections, but the former is too all-encompassing to be accurate and the latter doesn’t include any Maryland players.

So next year’s draft might be pretty similar to this year’s. But it could be slightly better.

Maryland has two graduating seniors who seem to have a shot at getting drafted. Linebacker Jermaine Carter and pass rusher Jesse Aniebonam are the two who stick out. CBS has Carter as the No. 21 inside linebacker and Aniebonam as the No. 15 defensive end. Those are better prospects than an injured Will Likely and Michael Dunn, a former walk-on.

Beyond them, only two other players seem to have a shot.

D.J. Moore and Ty Johnson will both be juniors next year. Maybe one of them gets positive feedback from NFL folks and decides to get his professional career started. Moore can do this:

Via WatchESPN

And Johnson can do this:

Via BTN

But neither of them is a sure thing, and if there isn’t a projection for either of them, returning to school seems like to likely option for both. At least for now.

Stay tuned, but if Carter and Aniebonam perform well in 2017, Maryland should be able to get at least one player drafted.

In other news

Melo Trimble and Justin Jackson both got invited to the NBA Draft Combine.

Maryland extended coaches Chris Beatty and Azaar Abdul-Rahim through February 2019.

Maryland men’s lacrosse crushed Johns Hopkins on Saturday.

The still-undefeated women’s lacrosse team will play Hopkins in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday.

Four members of the squad are on the 25-player Tewaaraton watch list.

The softball team dropped two of three games against Penn State this weekend.

Maryland baseball lost its weekend series to Indiana.