10 Long Beach athletes looking forward to this week’s NFL Draft


Long Beach has been known for its NFL products since Roy “Bullet” Baker signed with the New York Yankees NFL squad in 1926. This week looks like it may be a historic one, with 10 area athletes entered into the NFL Draft, which will be held Thursday through Saturday.

If all end up being drafted or signing as free agents after the draft, it would be the biggest crop of local players to hit the NFL in a single year, ever.

“It’s pretty cool to see so many guys I grew up with playing since we were kids all in this position,” said former Poly and USC star JuJu Smith-Schuster. “It’s a special thing.”

Smith-Schuster’s alma mater could add to its already nation-leading NFL alumni list, as five Poly players are on the board.

Here are some of the players to watch: