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It was another embarrassing NFL Draft for Marshall University, in particular, and Conference USA, in general.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Thundering Herd didn't have a single player picked among the 254 selections.

Fourth straight!

That's embarrassing.

West Virginia University had five selections and even the University of Charleston, a Division II program located in Charleston had defensive end John Cominsky picked in the fourth round.

But Marshall? No one.

So, six prospects with Mountain State roots were drafted, but Marshall was shutout.

That's also embarrassing.

For the second consecutive year, Marshall had a player declare early for the NFL Draft and not get selected.

Add that to the embarrassment.

The sad fact of the matter is Marshall hasn't had a player selected in the NFL Draft since Darryl Roberts was taken as a late pick (No. 247) in the seventh round by New England in 2015.

In fact, veteran Marshall coach Doc Holliday has had merely two players drafted that were recruited by him and his staff during his nine-year tenure. The other draft pick was offensive tackle Garrett Scott, who was selected by Seattle in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. But Scott never played a down because of an undiagnosed heart ailment.

Meanwhile, C-USA rival Old Dominion had two players taken in the 2019 NFL Draft as did Florida Atlantic. Adding to the embarrassment is such Mid-American Conference schools as Northern Illinois, Toledo and Central Michigan each had two players drafted.

Peruse the list and it's discovered that such schools as Delaware, UMass, Western Illinois, Sioux Falls, Murray State, Tarlteton State, North Dakota State, SE Missouri, Elon, Louisiana-Monroe, Akron, Bowling Green, Tulane, South Dakota State, North Carolina A&T, James Madison, Prairie View, Valdosta State and Morgan State each had a player selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Marshall? Zero.

As for C-USA, it didn't have a player from a member school selected until the third round. That's when Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary was chosen by Buffalo with the No. 74 pick. Eight selections later, Charlotte offensive guard Nate Davis was picked by Tennessee.

Then, Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson was chosen by Baltimore with the No. 85 pick and Old Dominion defensive end Oshane Ximines was selected by the New York Giants with the No. 95 selection.

A second Old Dominion player, wide receiver Travis Fulgham, was selected by Detroit in the sixth round. Then, Florida Atlantic running back Kerrith Whyte was picked in the seventh round by Chicago.

So, how did C-USA's six selections stack up against the other 10 FBS conferences? Not too well. The SEC led with 64, followed in order by the Big Ten (40), Pac-12 (33), ACC (28), Big 12 (26), AAC (11), Mountain West (10), MAC (9), Independents (8), FCS (7), C-USA (6), D-II (5) and Sun Belt (1).

That means C-USA finished next-to-last among FBS leagues.

Is it any wonder Marshall's fans are up in arms about C-USA? The NFL Draft, in particular, is a bitter pill to swallow. That's because from 1998 through 2007, Marshall had 14 players selected, including three first-round picks, in the NFL Draft.

For six consecutive years - 2000 through 2005 - Marshall had players selected in the NFL Draft. But, now, there's a four-year dry spell.

That's simply unacceptable.

Chuck Landon is a sports columnist for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at clandon@herald-dispatch.com.


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