North Dakota State's national football profile is set to go up a few notches over the next 11 days.
That's according to Jim Nagy, the executive director of the Senior Bowl and an ESPN NFL Draft Analyst.
"I think NDSU will have three top 50 picks in this year's draft." Nagy said on Hot Mic with Dom Izzo, which airs on WDAY Xtra. "They've had great players, you're always going to have foot traffic from the NFL thru Fargo but now that you have three top 50 players, you're getting director level guys, vice presidents of personnel, head coaches and GM's for your Pro Day. "
"Just speaks to the level of where you're program is at."
Nagy got a first hand look at two NDSU players in Dillon Radunz and Jabril Cox. Each were invited to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama in January. Radunz's week was so good he was selected at the practice player of the week.
"It's hard to find great athletes are nasty." Nagy says of Radunz. "Been a huge of Dillon, little bit of competition concern, so to get Dillon down here and prove himself, had a great week."
Nagy wonders about where Radunz will play at the next level, whether it's tackle, guard or center.
As far as Trey Lance, Nagy is a big fan of the former Bison quarterback, who is projected as a top ten draft pick next week.
"From everything I've heard, he was more than ready to make the jump from high school to college."
"There's a lot to like, it would be ideal for him to go to a place where he could sit. That's asking a lot of Trey, to go from Fargo where they don't lose a lot of games to go to a program that's not set up for success and have the burden of a franchise when you're 21 years old."
The Atlanta Falcons hold their fourth pick in the draft and have been considered an ideal spot for Lance to land. The Falcons head coach and general manager were in Fargo in mid-March for Lance's first Pro Day.
"Everyone is pointing towards Atlanta and that would be a great spot and you could sit behind Matt Ryan. "