NORFOLK (WAVY) – Quarterback Taylor Heinicke, defensive lineman-turned offensive lineman Rashaad Coward, long snapper Rick Lovato and receiver Zach Pascsal are the most recent players from Old Dominion University to make it to the NFL.
Heinicke is now the backup for the Carolina Panthers, Pascal scored a special teams touchdown for the Indiapolis Colts in the Wild Card round against the Kansas City Chiefs, Coward helped the Chicago Bears win the NFC North division, and Lovato won Super Bowl 52 with the Philadelphia Eagles.
However, none of them were drafted.
That all changed late on Friday night, when the New York Giants took defensive end Oshane Ximines with the 95th overall pick.
“My entire family is in New York, and they’ve been pulling for me to go to the New York Giants, but it finally happened,” said Ximines, who grew up and attended high school in Ahoskie, North Carolina, but was born in Queens, New York.
Ximines set Old Dominion records with 33 career sacks, and 12.5 sacks over his senior season. Less than 24 hours later, his teammate Travis Fulgahm, who also wore no. 7, was taken in the sixth round (184th) to the Detroit Lions.
Fulgham blossomed at receiver for the Monarchs, catching 63 passes for 1,082 yards and nine touchdowns.
Three more ODU players signed free agent contracts, and two others were given rookie minicamp tryouts.
The Monarchs’ dynamic receiving duo was re-united, as Jonathan Duhart signed in Detroit. He also enjoyed a 1,000-yard season and caught nine touchdowns.
Running back Jeremy Cox signed with the Los Angeles Chargers, and defensive end Tim Ward signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Receiver Isaiah Harper, a Chesapeake native, received a rookie minicamp invite to the Buffalo Bills, and defensive end Daniel Appouh will have an opportunity at the Oakland Raiders’ rookie minicamp.