The Nebraska football program has thinned out in recent years when it comes to sending players through the NFL draft. Nebraska had just two players selected by NFL teams in the 2021 NFL Draft, and a total of six have been drafted out of Lincoln since 2017. On top of that, the earliest a Nebraska player has been drafted in that span was in the fifth round.
The Nebraska NFL pipeline may not be quite what it used to be, but the future appears brighter for the storied Huskers program. And with the pages already being turned to the 2022 NFL Draft pool, Nebraska has a few players worth keeping an eye on for the coming draft cycle.
Cam Taylor-Britt, CB
Taylor-Britt was named second-team All-Big Ten by coaches in 2020 and has twice been an honorable mention by the media. Taylor-Britt also brings a bit of versatility by playing special teams as a returner, but he hopes to prove himself worthy in the secondary.
Adrian Martinez, QB
Martinez may be an interesting prospect for NFL scouts to pay attention to, especially if Nebraska head coach Scott Frost decides to get creative on offense. Could Martinez be a candidate to be used in multiple positions? Martinez led the Huskers in rushing in 2020 and was the team's second-leading rusher in 2019 and 2018 and has 22 career rushing touchdowns.
JoJo Domann, LB
Domann looks to finish out his career with the Huskers in style. After earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in 2020 on the strength of a team-leading 58 tackles, Domann will be one of the true leaders of the Nebraska defense in 2021. If he continues to produce and anchor this defense, he will begin to catch some momentum as a draft prospect.
Austin Allen, TE
One of the big targets in the Nebraska offense, Allen has a chance to get significant looks in 2021. Allen was Nebraska's second-leading receiver in 2020 with 18 catches for 236 yards and a touchdown in eight games. Improving those numbers with a full season behind him would certainly help, especially with highly touted recruit Thomas Fidone potentially out for the season because of a knee injury. But Allen will need to do more than just catch passes. NFL teams don't want a tight end who does just one thing well. They also have to be able to block.
Connor Culp, K
Without getting into the debate over when or if teams should use a draft pick on a kicker, Nebraska's Culp may force the discussion in some war rooms. The Big Ten Kicker of the Year in 2020 after moving to Lincoln as a graduate transfer from LSU proved to be reliable on both field goals and kickoffs. As long as he remains one of the most efficient kickers in the nation, he could be some NFL team's late-round draft addition as the picks start flying by.