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UI’s Enderle, Keo, Hardy drafted

After two days of waiting, Idaho quarterback Nate Enderle was selected in the fifth round of the NFL draft — just 16 picks after fellow Vandal Shiloh Keo. Tight end Daniel Hardy was the third Vandal drafted when Tampa Bay took him in the seventh round.

  • Enderle, a four-year starter for the Vandals, went in the fifth round (the 160th pick overall) to the Chicago Bears. Chicago offensive coordinator Mike Martz traveled to Moscow to watch Enderle's pro day in March.
  • Keo was taken by Houston earlier in the fifth round (144th overall). He excelled at UI as a run-stuffing safety. He was also a valuable special teams player, where he'll no doubt get an opportunity to play as well with the Texans.
  • Hardy went as the 238th pick in the last round to Tampa. He was a dynamite down-the-field receiver for the Vandals when healthy.

The three players drafted is a school record since the NFL adopted a shortened version of the draft. The official record came in 1958, when Jerry Kramer and Wayne Walker were two of five Vandals drafted.

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