Syracuse had several players eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft, including two that were expected to be somewhat coveted commodities. Offensive lineman Sean Hickey and safety Durell Eskridge were both given grades in the fourth to sixth round, depending on the service in question.
Unfortunately for them, and other Syracuse players that were eligible (Jarrod West, Prince-Tyson Gulley, Brandon Reddish, Darius Kelly and others) none were among the 256 prospects selected. It was just the second time (2008) since 1975 that Syracuse has not had at least one player selected in the NFL Draft.
Hickey and Eskridge were the two biggest surprises. Hickey was one of the few offensive linemen in the country to not only hold his own against top five pick Vic Beasley of Clemson, but borderline dominate the matchup. His combination of size, technique, athleticism and strength make him an offensive linemen with a lot of desired traits.
Eskridge has ideal size and length for an NFL safety. Those assets made him an intriguing option to most experts in the second half of the draft. In fact, Scout's experts picked him as the 11th best safety coming in. Thirteen total safeties were taken but Eskridge was not among them.
Hickey is headed to the New Orleans Saints while Dyshawn Davis is going to Washington.