Nebraska linebacker Phillip Dillard and safety Larry Asante were selected in the National Football League Draft. Dillard was selected in the fourth round by the New York Giants, while Asante was a fifth-round pick by the Cleveland Browns.
Dillard was the 17th pick of the fifth round and the 115th overall selection in the draft. Dillard finished second on the Nebraska defense with 83 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and three sacks. His 7.8 tackles per game in conference play ranked ninth in the Big 12.
Cleveland picked Asante with the 29th pick of the fifth round and the 160th overall. The 6-1, 215-pound Asante was a three-year starter for the Nebraska defense and finished with 224 career tackles, the fourth most in school history by a defensive back.
Asante recorded 79 tackles in his senior season and was among the team leaders with seven pass breakups. He also caused two fumbles and had a pair of interceptions.
Asante and Dillard join defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as Cornhuskers who have been selected in the 2010 Draft. Suh was the No. 2 overall selection in the first round by the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. According to Huskers.com, this selection of Suh, Dillard and Asante gives Nebraska at least three players drafted for the 41st consecutive season.