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Zach Kerr (94) could be the first Blue Hen selected in the NFL Draft since 2012
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Delaware Football Standout Zach Kerr Sets Sights on National Football League Draft; Three Other Blue Hens on Draft Board

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 05/08/2014
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NEW YORK  --  When the annual National Football League Draft takes place this weekend at Radio City Music Hall, at least one University of Delaware football standout is expected to hear his name called.

Blue Hen defensive tackle Zach Kerr (Quince Orchard HS/Gaithersburg, Md.), who earned All-American honors in 2013 when he led the Blue Hens to a 7-5 record under first-year head coach Dave Brock, is among the defensive linemen expected to be taken at some point during the three-day, seven-round draft.

The NFL Draft, which will once again be televised live on ESPN and the NFL Network, will begin Thursday night, May 8, at 8 p.m. and follow through to the final pick on Saturday afternoon. The first round will be held Thursday night, the second and third rounds will take place Friday beginning at 7 p.m., and the final four rounds will be announced on Saturday starting at 12 noon. Fans can follow the draft online at www.nfl.com.

The 6-1, 326 lb. Kerr was ranked No. 18 among all defensive tackles and No. 200 among all players in the most recent cbssports.com rankings and was projected as a sixth round pick. He was ranked 13th among all NCAA Division I FCS players and third among Colonial Athletic Association players, trailing only Towson running back Terrance West (No. 96) and Maine cornerback Kendall James (No. 136).

In addition to Kerr, Blue Hen 6-6, 346 lb. offensive tackle Erle Ladson (Cardinal Hayes HS/Bronx, N.Y.), and 5-10, 192 lb. cornerback Travis Hawkins (Quince Orchard HS/Rockville, Md.) were also listed in the rankings. Each of those players, as well as 5-11, 200 lb. running back Andrew Pierce (Cumberland Regional/Bridgeton, N.J.), are expected to get close looks from NFL teams as free agents should they not be selected in the draft.

Kerr, however, is the most likely to hear is name called following a senior year that saw him earn first team All-Colonial Athletic Association, second team The Sports Network All-American, and third team Beyond Sports Network All-American honors. Kerr, who finished the season with 57 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles, also took part in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game and worked out for NFL scouts at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. in February.

Ladson started all 12 games at offensive tackle in 2013 and ended his career having played in 48 games with 23 starts. He participated in the NFLPA Collegiate All-Star Game at the end of last season.

Hawkins, who played for three seasons at Delaware after transferring from Maryland, appeared in 33 games with 31 starts at Delaware and recorded 168 tackles, eight interceptions, and 20 pass breakups. A 2012 All-CAA cornerback, he recorded 66 tackles, four interceptions, and eight pass breakups and average 27.4 yards on nine kickoff returns with one touchdown last fall.

Pierce, one of the top running backs in Delaware history and a two-year team captain, was a four-year starter for the Blue Hens who twice earned All-American honors and was a four-time All-CAA selection. He rushed for 822 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior and finished his career ranked No. 2 all-time at Delaware with 4,459 yards rushing and 44 touchdowns.

Delaware, which currently has eight active players on NFL rosters, last had a player drafted in 2012 when offensive lineman Gino Gradkowski was selected in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens.

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