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2019 NFL Draft Recap: ULM’s Marcus Green is the lone Sun Belt selection

While Marcus Green was the sole draft pick from the conference, eight more players signed as UDFA’s.

NCAA Football: UL Monroe at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Louisiana-Monroe’s dynamic wide receiver/kick returner Marcus Green was the sole player from the Sun Belt to be selected in the 2019 NFL draft.

The 5-8, 191-pound playmaker was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round (203rd overall) on Saturday.

Green is the first Warhawk to be drafted since Trey Caldwell was selected by the Cleveland Browns in 2016, and the first offensive ULM player since wide receiver Marty Booker was picked by the Chicago Bears in 1999.

He finished his collegiate career with 202 catches for 2,698 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Additionally, he brings added value as a return specialist, racking up over total 2,000 yards of return yardage, including four kickoff returns for touchdowns in his career.

While Green was the only selection, eight other former Sun Belt players will attempt to make NFL rosters as undrafted free agents.

NCAA Football: Senior Bowl Practice-North
Penny Hart parlayed a strong Senior Bowl performance into a roster invitation with the Colts.
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Two-time 1,000 yard receiver and former Georgia State Panther Penny Hart landed with the Indianapolis Colts, while 2016 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year Jalin Moore has signed with the New York Jets.

NCAA Football: Dollar General Bowl-Appalachian State vs Toledo
App State’s Jalin Moore helped the school lead the way with four players getting rookie free agent contracts after the NFL Draft.
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Four Appalachian State Mountaineers (Moore, MyQuon Stout, Austin Exford, Clifton Duck) and pair of former Georgia State players (Chase Middleton, Hart) signed UDFA deals.

Rounding out the representation for the conference were Texas State tight end Keenan Brown and Georgia Southern tight end Ellis Richardson.

This year’s one draft selection is a drop-off from last season, which saw three Sun Belt players taken in the 2018 NFL Draft.