5 Potential Landing Spots For Temple Players In NFL Draft

By Mike Gibson

While Thursday is a big day for the first- and second-round NFL draft choices, there are no bigger days for Temple football than Friday and Saturday. On those days, up to five Owls could be and likely will be drafted in rounds two through seven, making it easily the biggest day in terms of the school’s relationship with the NFL. While Temple boasts of the only player in league history to make All-Pro at three positions, Joe Klecko of the New York Jets, and numerous players with Super Bowl rings, the Owls have never had five players drafted in the same year. Here are the five likely picks and their likely landing spots.

5 Potential Landing Spots For Temple Players In NFL Draft
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5. Robby Anderson, Green Bay Packers

Robby Anderson, Green Bay Packers Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Playing against a consensus No. 1 NFL draft pick in Houston’s William Jackson, Anderson had 12 catches for 150 yards in the AAC championship game. Anderson helped himself by running a 4.37 40-yard dash at Temple’s Pro Day. The Packers are interested.

5. Robby Anderson, Green Bay Packers

Playing against a consensus No. 1 NFL draft pick in Houston’s William Jackson, Anderson had 12 catches for 150 yards in the AAC championship game. Anderson helped himself by running a 4.37 40-yard dash at Temple’s Pro Day. The Packers are interested.

4. Kyle Friend, New York Jets

Kyle Friend, New York Jets Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets have had tremendous luck with Temple players in the past, from All-Pro defensive lineman Joe Klecko through Muhammad Wilkerson. Coach Todd Bowles is another Temple grad, who should be able to pick up Friend, a center, in the sixth round.

4. Kyle Friend, New York Jets

The Jets have had tremendous luck with Temple players in the past, from All-Pro defensive lineman Joe Klecko through Muhammad Wilkerson. Coach Todd Bowles is another Temple grad, who should be able to pick up Friend, a center, in the sixth round.

3. Tavon Young, Pittsburgh Steelers

Tavon Young, Pittsburgh Steelers Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports
When the Steelers allowed corner Brandon Boykin to sign with the Carolina Panthers, that left a glaring need for a less expensive option. Young has a similar skillset and should be available as a fifth pick.

3. Tavon Young, Pittsburgh Steelers

When the Steelers allowed corner Brandon Boykin to sign with the Carolina Panthers, that left a glaring need for a less expensive option. Young has a similar skillset and should be available as a fifth pick.

2. Matt Ioannidis, Cleveland Browns

Matt Ioannidis, Cleveland Browns Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
The Browns have a need for a lockdown run-stopper and the 6-foot-3, 303-pound Ioannidis certainly is that. He is also a better-than-average pass rusher who the Browns would be wise to pick up by the fourth round.

2. Matt Ioannidis, Cleveland Browns

The Browns have a need for a lockdown run-stopper and the 6-foot-3, 303-pound Ioannidis certainly is that. He is also a better-than-average pass rusher who the Browns would be wise to pick up by the fourth round.

1. 1. Tyler Matakevich, New England Patriots

1. Tyler Matakevich, New England Patriots Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
New England head coach Bill Belichick is a disciple of former Temple coach Wayne Hardin, both big believers in film over combine measurables. Matakevich, the national defensive player of the year, has film and should go no lower than the third round.

1. 1. Tyler Matakevich, New England Patriots

New England head coach Bill Belichick is a disciple of former Temple coach Wayne Hardin, both big believers in film over combine measurables. Matakevich, the national defensive player of the year, has film and should go no lower than the third round.

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