Ryan Wolfe established himself as one of the top wide receivers in the nation at UNLV, becoming not only the Rebels’ all-time leading pass catcher, but also the Mountain West Conference’s career leader with 283 receptions.
Even with those lofty credentials, though, there is a chance Wolfe will not hear his name called during this week’s NFL Draft. A broken foot suffered late last season combined with a pulled hamstring at UNLV’s pro day last month has made him a question mark to many NFL scouts.
Wolfe could be drafted as high as the fifth round, but going undrafted might be in his best interest, as that would allow him to sign as a free agent with a team that provides the best fit.
The first Rebel likely to be drafted is offensive lineman Joe Hawley, who impressed scouts with his strength and agility at the NFL Combine and UNLV’s pro day. Hawley, who showed versatility by starting seven games at center and five games at right guard his senior year, is projected to be a fourth- or fifth-round pick and is said to be getting a close look by Chicago, Denver and Atlanta.
Linebacker Jason Beauchamp also was invited to the NFL Combine, but reportedly did not test that well. He and defensive tackle Martin Tevaseu could get drafted in the later rounds, but probably will end up signing with teams as free agents.
Two other Rebels—defensive back Marquel Martin and wide receiver Rodelin Anthony—also could end up as post-draft pickups.