Two Northwestern players and two Illinois players were selected on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
Northwestern defensive end Dean Lowry and superback Dan Vitale were drafted in the fourth and sixth rounds, respectively, giving the Wildcats a pair of draftees for the second straight year after safety Ibraheim Campbell and quarterback Trevor Siemian were drafted in 2015.
Lowry went at pick No. 137 to the Green Bay Packers, and Vitale was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 197.
After three Cats were drafted in 2006, no Northwestern product heard his name called until 2010, when three more were drafted. Two Cats were drafted in 2012 before the selections of Campbell and Siemian last year.
Illinois defensive end Jihad Ward became the first Illini drafted since 2013 when he was selected in the second round Friday night. Saturday, two more Illinois products were picked, with offensive lineman Ted Karras going to the New England Patriots at pick No. 221 and safety Clayton Fejedelem going to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 235.
The Illini went two years without seeing a player selected in the NFL Draft, but the three-player draft class this year gives Illinois yet another featuring multiple players. At least three Illini went in the NFL Draft for five straight years from 2009 to 2013.