Temple Owls

Temple's Nate Hairston drafted by Colts in the 5th round

The Colts selected Nate Hairston on Saturday with the 158th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hairston is the third Temple player to get selected in the draft. Haason Reddick was selected by the Cardinals with the 13th overall pick in the first round, while the Bills drafted Dion Dawkins with the 63rd overall pick in the second round.

"Nate is a long, physical corner," Temple head coach Geoff Collins said in a statement. "I'm excited about him. Having coached some very talented defensive backs in my career, I can see him playing great on Sunday's for the Colts."

With three Temple players being selected, it ties a school record for the number of players drafted in one year. It's happened six times before, including in 2016.

Temple might be able to break that record on Day 3 of the draft with running back Jahad Thomas and quarterback Phillip Walker still on the board. Hairston also becomes the 69th Temple player to be selected in the NFL.

Hairston started 13 games at cornerback last season for an Owls defense that was ranked No. 3 in the nation against the pass. He also recorded 25 tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups in his senior year.

Hairston will join a Colts defense that ranked sixth worst in passing defense last season, allowing 262.5 passing yards per game. They also only had eight interceptions last season, which ranked tied for second worst in the NFL with the Bears and Jets.