Duke football: Blue Devils do not have selection in 2020 NFL Draft

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Duke football (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone, and the Duke football program did not have a selection in the seven rounds, joining eight other power conference teams not to have a pick.

David Cutcliffe and the Duke football program were the talk of the 2019 NFL Draft as quarterback Daniel Jones was selected with the No. 6 overall pick by the New York Giants.

However, the 2020 NFL Draft was quite the opposite.

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The Blue Devils did not see a player selected in the three-day virtual draft, and Duke was one of nine power conference programs not to have a pick.

The other eight schools that join Duke in this group are Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Illinois, Arizona, Ole Miss, Northwestern, and Rutgers.

Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and Iowa State were the only such teams to finish the 2019 season with winning records, although Illinois made a bowl game with a 6-6 record but dipped below the .500 mark after a loss to California in the Redbox Bowl.

The top three Duke players that could have been selected in the 2020 NFL Draft were linebacker Koby Quansah, defensive lineman Trevon McSwain, and quarterback Quentin Harris.

Quansah was a four-year player with the Blue Devils while McSwain and Harris were five-year players after redshirting their freshmen seasons in 2015.

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Harris became the full-time starting quarterback for the first time in 2019 and led Duke to a 5-8 record after completing 58.5 percent of his passes while throwing 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

In addition to the trio of Quansah, McSwain, and Harris not hearing their names called, neither did fellow Duke graduates Edgar Cerenord, Tre Hornbuckle, Austin Parker, and Dylan Singleton.

While these seven Duke football players didn’t see their dreams come true in the draft, the hopes of playing in the National Football League are not over as all three players could latch on with a team as undrafted free agents.