Nakamura and Craig Selected in Sixth and Seventh Rounds of 2008 NFL Draft|
April 27, 2008
CINCINNATI -- University of Cincinnati defense end Angelo Craig (Cleveland, OH/Glenville) and safety Haruki Nakamura (Elyria, OH/St. Edward) were both chosen on Day Two of the 2008 National Football League Draft. Craig's name was called with the 37th choice of the seventh round by the Cincinnati Bengals, while Nakamura was the 40th pick of the sixth round on Sunday.
The 206th player taken, Nakamura shared the Claude Rost Award as the Bearcats' most outstanding player during the 2007 campaign. He was the Speed Award honoree, as the defensive backfield's MVP, after registering a fumble recovery and an interception for the victorious Aina team at the 2008 Hula Bowl.
A starter in each of his final 37 games for the Bearcats, Nakamura was a unanimous first-team all-BIG EAST Conference choice following his final campaign. A three-year starter in the Cincinnati defensive secondary, he finished as the top tackler with 95 stops in 2007. The sure-handed defensive back also handled the punt return responsibilities for the Bearcats, totaling 104 yards on 15 returns. He notched a season-long 24-yard return in the victory at Rutgers. Nakamura earned BIG EAST Player of the Week plaudits after creating a pair of fumbles, an interception and 11 solo stops in the 38-33 victory at USF.
The 244th overall pick, Craig was the recipient of the Strength Award as the defensive line MVP for the Aina (East) team at the 2008 Hula Bowl. The lone Bearcats senior invited to the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine, Craig collected 43 tackles and two fumble recoveries, including a 16-yard return for touchdown in the regular-season finale at Syracuse.
The Cleveland, Ohio native started 12 games at defensive end for the Red and Black during his senior season. He finished fourth on the team with eight tackles for loss and three sacks. A versatile defender, Craig moved to the defensive end position for his final two seasons, after beginning his career as a member of the linebacker corps.
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