BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama State offensive tackle Jylan Ware became the first Hornet in a decade to be chosen in the NFL draft, as he was chosen by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round (231st pick overall) earlier today.
Ware, a native of Valley, Ala., was a three-year starter at Alabama State and is the first selection for the Hornets during draft day since Michael Coe was taken in the fifth round of the 2007 draft by the Indianapolis Colts.
The 6-foot-8, 295 is also the first offensive lineman in school history to be selected during the NFL draft as he joins former ASU standout Karl Powe (1985) as the only other Hornet chosen during the seventh round.
Ware was considered by multiple media outlets as one of the biggest snubs in terms of NFL Combine invites. Sporting News described Ware as a prospect with “remarkable balance and lateral control” with “legitimate left tackle potential.”
NFL.com’s draft analysis of Ware painted the picture of a lineman with considerable potential, citing that Ware’s length, hand strength and athleticism makes for a player that has the ability “to potentially advance more quickly than others with the developmental label.”
Alabama State Athletics Strategic Communications contributed to this report