Tulane players declare intent for NFL, NBA drafts

With both the NBA and NFL drafts approaching quickly, several Tulane athletes are hoping to hear their names called on June 20 and April 25, respectively.

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Senior forward Samir Sehic declared for the NBA Draft on March 20.

Donnie Lewis Jr.

Senior cornerback Donnie Lewis Jr. is considered to have the highest chance of being drafted by an NFL team. Lewis was selected to the all-AAC second team for his stellar performance over the past season. During his four-year career at Tulane, he recorded an impressive 128 solo tackles, 49 passes defended and eight interceptions. Lewis had a pre-draft visit with the Miami Dolphins earlier this month.

Terren Encalade

Senior wide receiver Terren Encalade has become a consistent and experienced option during his five years at Tulane. Encalade caught 143 passes and gained 2235 yards during those five seasons, capping it all off with 93 yards and a touchdown in Tulane’s Cure Bowl win for his last collegiate game. Still, since all of Encalade’s career highs were reached during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, the chance that Encalade is drafted come April 25 has likely dropped due to his subpar performance this past season.

Dominique Briggs

Since transferring to Tulane after his sophomore season at Coffeyville Community College, offensive lineman Dominique Briggs has started in every game throughout both the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Briggs’ perfect record of allowing zero sacks throughout his senior season and the strong leadership ability he demonstrated during his time at Tulane will help his chances come April 25.

Zachery Harris

One of the cornerstones of Tulane’s historically strong 2018 defense was senior Zachery Harris. During that season, Harris had 95 tackles, 3 sacks, and an interception. He was also selected to the All-AAC Second Team for his contribution to the defense. As a consistent starter, Harris has a chance to also be taken in the later round of the April 25 draft.

Samir Sehic

Senior forward and the basketball team’s sixth man for the 2018-19 season Samir Sehic declared for the NBA draft on March 20. Sehic’s most recent season was his most productive, recording 12.3 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. His 19-point performance against Florida State University, a team that reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament, shows just how effective Sehic can possibly be at the next level.