In 2003, Nevada's Nate Burleson was drafted in the 3rd round of the NFL draft. In 2004, Maurice Mann and Jorge Cordova were picked up by NFL teams. Tony Moll went to the Packers in 2006. And in 2007 we saw QB Jeff Rowe go to the Bengals. In a week from now we hope to see Ezra Butler's name called in the draft. Perhaps we'll see Adam Bishop or Charles Manu get with a team as well.
And in 2009, center Dominic Green looks to be the early favorite for an NFL draft pick out of the current Wolf Pack roster.
So a little about the Wolf Pack's most versatile (and nasty) offensive lineman.
Green was born in 1986 in Sacramento. He attended Jesuit High School in the Sacramento area and was a three year starter. He won various all league and section awards. He was also a part of the 2003 state rugby championship team in high school.
Once at Nevada, Dom red shirted in 2004. He then earned a starting position in 2005 at right guard. He would soon move to the center position where he finished out the season as the starter. In 2006, he started at the tackle position all 13 games. He was awarded with two Basalite big blocker awards and was named 2nd team All WAC. In 2007 he was named to the preseason Remington award watch list. Fought through injuries all season and was named 1st team All WAC. Earned his third Basalite award. For the second time in three years was a key part of a line that produced the leading rusher in the WAC. Going into the 2008 season, Dominic has already been named to the 2008 preseason Rotary Lombardi Award. He is mentioned as a preseason All American candidate and NFL draft prospect as a center.
Dominic is currently the 10th ranked center in the draft class of 2009 according to nfldraftscout.com
So the next time you get out to Mackay, better make sure you get #61's autograph before it'll cost you.