UMD alum Brent Laing talks hopes for a 2023 NFL Draft selection

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The 2023 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday with round one, rounds two and three take place Friday, and the selections conclude with rounds four through seven on Saturday.

Northland football fans should be sure to keep their ears open and eyes peeled on the tracker for a familiar name.

Former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) offensive lineman Brent Laing is one of this year’s prospects and could hear his name called.

“There’s definitely a lot of unknowns so it’s a little nerve wracking trying to figure out where you’re going to go, if you’re going to get drafted, if you’re going to get a free agent deal,” Liang explained. “I’ve got some family coming over to watch the draft with me so it will be a lot of fun. I’m just going to try to take advantage of it, take in the moment.”

Laing said his five-and-a-half years at UMD (2017-2022) set him up well for the next level.

The Lakeville, Minnesota native has been going through this draft process, camps and combines, with fellow former Bulldogs tight end Zach Ojile and wide receiver Armani Carmickle.

“Been training together for the last couple months so it’s been a lot of fun seeing those guys everyday, just some familiar faces. Along with that there’s a bunch of guys from the NSIC [Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference] that have there working out with us,” Laing added.

Predictions pit Laing as a round six or seven selection. If he is not picked he said he will explore free agency.

Offensive tackle Brent Griffith was the last UMD Bulldog to be selected in the NFL Draft back in 1990. For a full lift of UMD NFL Draft selections, Click Here.