Nine players from North Carolina colleges and one who starred at a Raleigh high school were picked to play pro football on Saturday in the final rounds of the 2018 NFL draft
N.C. State accounted for four of the picks. When the Pittsburgh Steelers took Jaylen Samuels in the fifth round, it punctuated the biggest draft class in Wolfpack football history.
Here are highlights from draft rounds 4-7.
Proehl nearly becomes "Mr. Irrelevant"
North Carolina wide receiver Austin Proehl was a near miss for "Mr. Irrelevant," the title given annually to the last player to be drafted.
The Buffalo Bills snagged Proehl with the 255th pick, making him the next-to-last selection of the draft.
WCU's Crossen a late pick
The New England Patriots with the 243rd overall pick drafted Keion Crossen, a defensive back out of Western Carolina.
Panthers make an in-state selection
The Carolina Panthers didn't look too far for the 234th pick.
North Carolina linebacker Andre Smith was the 16th pick in the seventh round.
App State gets a player on the board
Colby Gossett, a 6-foot-5, 311-pound guard out of Appalachian State, went as the 213th overall pick, by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round.
Former Triangle standout drafted by Patriots
Braxton Berrios, a wide receiver who starred at Leesville Road High before a college career at Miami, was taken at No. 210 overall by the New England Patriots, in the sixth round.
Texans pick hometown player out of Wake Forest
Wake Forest's Duke Ejiofor, a 6-foot-3, 264-pound defensive end, was named by his hometown pro team, the Houston Texans.
Ejiofor was the 177th overall pick, in the sixth round.
NC State's Samuels taken in 5th round
Jaylen Samuels, the all-around athlete who mostly was a slot receiver for the Wolfpack, went as the 165th overall pick, by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Though he was lumped in with tight ends for the NFL scouting combine, he was drafted as a running back.
Samuels was the seventh player to be drafted out of N.C. State, making it the biggest draft class for the Wolfpack.
Back-to-back picks from the Wolfpack
After the San Francisco 49ers picked N.C. State defensive end Kentavius Street as the 128th overall pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars scooped up former Wolfpack offensive tackle Will Richardson at 129.
Actor and filmmaker Ron Howard set the stage for Street’s pick announcement, which doubled as a plug for the movie “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” complete with R2-D2 and Chewbacca on hand for the call. Not everyone was on board with this decision.
Colts take NC State RB Hines
It didn't take long for NC State's Nyheim Hines to go Saturday — a day later than many projected.
The Indianapolis Colts took the speedy running back as the fourth pick of the day, the 104th overall, in round 4.
Hines, who starred for the Garner Trojans in his high school days, was among the first players to be mentioned on the ESPN draft broadcast as still up for grabs Saturday morning.
Duke players sign as free agents
For the third year in a row, Duke had no players selected in the draft.
But three Duke players agreed to free agent deals on Saturday night.
Defensive tackle Mike Ramsay said he had multiple offers before picking the Tennessee Titans. Center Austin Davis will join the Green Bay Packers. while running back Shaun Wilson is headed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Staff writer Steve Wiseman contributed to this article