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LYNCH AT THE COMBINE

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Lynch-Jordan-2013.jpgFormer Northern Illinois University football player and Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch is down in Indianapolis for the 2014 NFL Combine. He's met with several NFL teams down there, including the Chicago Bears. Lynch and the other draft hopefuls met the media today. Lynch talked about what teams have told him about his chances at playing quarterback in the NFL, his desire to do anything to make a team and the talent in the MAC.

NFL DRAFT A WEEK AWAY

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Chandler Harnish passing.jpgThe NFL Draft is now a week away and the publicity for former NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish is picking up. Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com posted this story on the NFL hopeful yesterday in his Bears Report blog. Dennis Dillon of SI.com filed this excellent article on Harnish today. 

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Another former Huskie with NFL aspirations, Scott Wedige, received some pub over the weekend. Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, who has been breaking down the NFL Draft by position and previewed the centers on Sunday. Wedige was rated at No. 7 of the 14 centers listed and the last to receive a write up.

HUSKIE DRAFT CONNECTIONS

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Although former Northern Illinois running back Chad Spann and several other 2010 Huskie seniors will have to wait for free agency to determine their professional football futures, last week's National Football League Draft did have several NIU ties.

Five players from NIU Head Coach Dave Doeren's former school - Wisconsin - were selected, including defensive end J.J. Watt.  Watt was chosen by the Houston Texans with the 11th overall pick in the draft.  Watt is the sixth UW defensive player to be drafted during Doeren's tenure in Madison.

A last name that should be familiar to Huskie fans was called in the sixth round on Saturday when Louisville's Byron Stingily, a 6-5, 315-pound offensive tackle, was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the 10th pick in that round, the 175th choice overall.  Stingily, a native of Romeoville, Ill., is the older brother of NIU sophomore linebacker Cameron Stingily.   

If Byron can earn a roster spot of any kind with the Titans, Cameron Stingily will become the second Huskie with a brother playing in the NFL as offensive lineman Ryan Brown's brother, Patrick, was on the Minnesota Vikings roster at offensive tackle in 2010.