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Northwestern senior tight end Drake Dunsmore and senior wide receiver Jeremy Ebert were selected in the NFL draft on Saturday.
Dunsmore was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round as the 233rd overall pick. Two picks later, the New England Patriots drafted Ebert in the seventh round with the 235th overall pick.
“That was great,” Dunsmore said of seeing Ebert selected. “I was so happy for him. It’s better late than never. I was happy for both of us to be able to get drafted.”
Dunsmore caught 45 passes for 522 yards and six touchdowns during his senior season. He had 143 receptions for 1,567 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career.
“It’s just an opportunity,” Dunsmore said of being drafted. “As far as the draft goes, as far as I’m concerned, it’s an opportunity to make a little more money. Everyone is in the same spot. Everyone is going to be in the same situation. You got to earn it.
“It was exciting (to see my name on television.) I know it was the seventh round, late in the draft, but it didn’t matter to me. I was very excited. It was a dream come true.”
Ebert caught 75 passes for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2011. For his career, he had 173 receptions for 2,400 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Ebert was unavailable for comment on Saturday.