He works fast, this Quincy Enunwa.

The Husker wide receiver picked up his college diploma in the morning and then already had a job offer by the afternoon. Yeah, some organization known as the New York Jets called. Sounds promising.

Oh, sure, there had to be a little anxiety as Enunwa waited through 108 picks on Saturday, the NFL Draft's final day, before the Jets picked him late in the sixth round, making him the 209th pick overall in a draft deep with wide receiver prospects.

"J-E-T-S Jets jets jets," tweeted Enunwa.

"Strong kid, smart. An outstanding perimeter blocker," said ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. "Goes up and gets the football. … For a kid his size, he presents some interesting opportunities."

Fellow ESPN analyst Bill Polian pointed out Enunwa heads to a team that badly needs receivers to step up, particularly someone with a bigger body like the 6-foot-2, 225-pound former Husker.

"They need a big receiver who can compete on the inside," Polian said. "They don't have that right now."

Enunwa had 64 career catches to his name heading into his senior year, but broke out while serving as a team captain as a senior, catching 51 passes for 753 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The final note was the best note: a career-high 129 yards receiving and two touchdowns in a 24-19 Gator Bowl win over Georgia, including a 99-yarder that will never be topped in the Husker record books.

Enunwa also was a three-time winner of an award cherished in the Husker wide receiver room — the "Perimeter Warrior" award, which goes to a receiver for extra effort, blocks, knockdowns and takedowns.

"The Jets are lucky to get such a hard working and dedicated player," Husker coach Bo Pelini tweeted.

Enunwa was the first Husker wide receiver drafted since Niles Paul was picked by Washington in 2011. Prior to Paul, the last receiver selected out of Nebraska was Bobby Newcombe in 2001, unless you count quarterback Eric Crouch, who was drafted to play wide receiver in the NFL in 2002.

Enunwa joins cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste (New Orleans) and offensive guard Spencer Long (Washington) as Huskers picked in this draft.

With the exception of last year — when Rex Burkhead and Daimion Stafford were the only NU players picked — Nebraska has now had at least three players selected every year since 1969.

The three picks also helped Nebraska hit the milestone of having 350 players drafted all-time, becoming just the fifth school to reach that mark, joining USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

"I'm happy for those guys," Long said of his fellow Husker draftees. "Those are two really good football players who have a chance to make it big at the next level."

While Long described watching the draft as "such a rush," he also admitted it was more nerve-racking than he guessed it would be.

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"When you're watching the picks go by, your heart is just racing," said the lineman, picked in the third round late Friday. "It's such a weight off my chest to have a home and place to work. I'm ready to get after it now."

Long was one of 30 players selected from the Big Ten Conference, which was eight more than the league had picked a year ago. The Southeastern Conference was still king, with 49 players selected. The Atlantic Coast Conference had 42. The Pac-12 had 34. The Big 12 had ... gulp ... 17.

The Texas Longhorns turned into one of the main storylines for the wrong reasons, not having one player picked for the first time since 1937.

That was of no concern to Huskers such as Long, who said he had a hunch he could be drafted by Friday night, which was welcome considering he was attending former teammate Cole Pensick's wedding at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

"I was just hoping it would get over as soon as possible," Long said in a phone interview, noise from the wedding celebration in the background.

That wedding included groomsman Brent Qvale and usher Jeremiah Sirles, who were also looking to land on NFL teams.

"They're watching their phones," Long said. "It's going to be one heck of a party when they figure out where they're going."

A few minutes after Long hung up, everyone figured out where they were going.

Sirles tweeted out news: He was going to be a San Diego Charger. Qvale tweeted out news: He'd join Enunwa as a Jet.

Then came word that the newly married Pensick had received a call with an opportunity with the Kansas City Chiefs, announced to the crowd after the first dance, according to one wedding attendee. It was said the place erupted. The Lincoln Northeast grad Pensick was in far too good of a place to waste time confirming that to a newspaper.

With all due respect to whoever bought the toaster off the registry, the Chiefs may have given the best gift of all.

More Husker free agent news trickled out after that, with defensive end Jason Ankrah announcing he would go to camp with the Houston Texans, and defensive back Mohammed Seisay tweeting he had an opportunity coming with Detroit. Fellow DB Andrew Green later confirmed he was planning to go to mini camp with the Miami Dolphins.

"It was a humbling experience, but I just waited it out to see what happens," Ankrah said. "Lot of emotions. I'm happy now that I have somewhere to call home."

There was no initial word on free agent opportunities for Taylor Martinez, Ciante Evans and Andrew Rodriguez, though sometimes such news is delayed. Evans told the Journal Star he was still exploring some options with a few different teams.

There is hope to make it as a free agent. Last year's draft class featured 47 free agents that ultimately made an NFL roster. And 638 of 2,026 active players (31.4 percent) in the NFL in 2013 entered the league undrafted.

Without question, those on a dance floor at a certain wedding party in Lincoln on Saturday night were more than willing to believe.

​Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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