Two Huskers selected on day two of NFL draft

Spencer Long(Photo courtesy of UNL Sports Information)

Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste was the first Nebraska player off the board in the 2014 NFL Draft, as he was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the second round on Friday evening. Jean-Baptiste was the 58th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and the 26th pick in the second round.

Offensive guard Spencer Long became the second Husker selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, as he was selected by the Washington Redskins in the third round on Friday evening. Long was the 78th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and the 14th pick in the third round.

The 6-3, 220-pound Jean-Baptiste is coming off an outstanding senior season for the Huskers in 2013, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the coaches and media last fall. Jean-Baptiste tied for the team lead with four interceptions and led Nebraska with 12 pass breakups on the season. He also made 41 tackles, including 27 solo stops, and four tackles for loss.

Jean-Baptiste completed his Nebraska career with seven career interceptions and 22 career pass breakups. He also had 74 career tackles to his credit. Jean-Baptiste began his Nebraska career as a wide receiver, before switching to cornerback early in the 2011 campaign.

The selection of Jean-Baptiste by New Orleans marks the fifth straight season Nebraska has had at least one defensive back taken in the NFL Draft. A total of 11 Husker defensive backs have been drafted since 2005, including seven since the 2010 season.

Jean-Baptiste's selected with the No. 58 overall pick marks the highest selection for a Nebraska player since Lavonte David was also taken with the No. 58 overall pick in the 2012 draft by Tampa Bay.

Long became the highest-drafted Husker linemen since Toniu Fonoti was chosen in the second round in 2002, and the highest drafted Husker offensive player since Brandon Jackson, a second-round pick in 2007. The 2014 season also marks the first time since 2007 that Nebraska has had two players selected in the top three rounds.

Long continues a tradition of Husker linemen getting picked in the draft, as he is the sixth Husker linemen picked since 2008. He is also the fifth Husker selected by the Washington Redskins in the last six drafts.

Originally a walk-on at Nebraska, Long started 33 straight games at right guard for the Huskers before a knee injury ended his 2013 season last October. Long started NU's first six games, and NU averaged 284.8 rushing yards and 42.7 points per game.

During his junior campaign, he earned second-team All-America honors from the AP and Walter Camp Foundation, as Nebraska posted its best rushing average since 2002. A first-team All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media in 2013, Long helped a pair of Huskers rush for 1,000 yards, as the Huskers reached the Big Ten title game.

Long is also an accomplished student, as he was a first-team Academic All-American in 2013, and one of 16 football players chosen as a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten pick, Long earned his degree in biological sciences/pre-medicine last December.

The NFL Draft will conclude with the fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. (CDT)

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