Syracuse football players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft

Defensive end Alton Robinson, punter Sterling Hofrichter and defensive lineman Kendall Cole are heading to the pros.

Posted: Apr 25, 2020 8:32 PM
Updated: Apr 25, 2020 11:42 PM

Syracuse football was well represented in this year's draft. 

Alton Robinson

Selected 148th overall by the Seattle Seahawks, defensive end, Alton Robinson is heading to the Pacific Northwest.

He started three years with the Orange after transferring from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
He finished his career at Syracuse as No. 7 on the all-time sack's list and is the fifth defensive lineman drafted out of Cuse since 2010.

(Courtesy: Syracuse Athletics)
Three-year starter at defensive end ... Joined the Orange during 2017 preseason camp and quickly moved into the starting lineup ... Two-time All-ACC selection, including earning second-team honors as a junior in 2018 ... Winner of Syracuse’s Tim Green Award as the team’s most outstanding defensive lineman in 2018 and 2019 ... Joined Arthur Jones (2007, 2009) and Chandler Jones (2010, 2011) as the only players in team history to win the award twice ... In 36 games (34 starts), had 115 tackles (72 solo) ... Finished his career No. 7 on Syracuse’s all-time sacks list with 19.5 and tied for No. 9 in team history with 32.5 tackles for loss ... Also recorded five forced fumbles, batted down five passes and recovered a pair of fumbles ... In 2018, teamed with Kendall Coleman to form the ACC’s No. 1 sack duo with 20 combined quarterback takedowns ... Both players had 10 sacks each ... Spent his freshman season at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, where he was one of the top junior-college pass rushers in the country ... Recorded two sacks for the North team in the 2020 Senior Bowl ... Attended the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine ... Three letters.

Sterling Hofrichter

With the 288th pick in this year's draft, Syracuse punter Sterling Hofrichter has been selected by the Atlanta Falcons.

He started 49 games for the Orange from 2016 to 2019 and became the first player in team history to earn All-ACC first team honors multiple times.

(Courtesy: Syracuse Athletics)
Syracuse’s starting punter for all 49 games from 2016-19, succeeding 2016 NFL draftee Riley Dixon … Four-time Ray Guy Award candidate as the nation's top punter ... One of three finalists for the award as a senior ... Voted to seven different All-America teams in 2019 to become the second Syracuse punter to earn All-America recognition, joining Pat O'Neill (1991, 1993) ... 2016 Athlon Sports Freshman All-American ... Three-time All-ACC performer (2016, 2018, 2019) ... First player in team history to earn All-ACC First Team honors multiple times (2018, 2019) … Two-time All-ECAC selection ... Served as Syracuse’s special teams captain for three straight seasons (2017-19) ... Third three-year captain in program history (Robert Adams, 1894-96; Zaire Franklin, 2015-17) ... Ended his career No. 1 all-time at Syracuse in punting yardage (11,651), second in gross average (43.27) and second in number of punts (270) ... Hofrichter's 11,651 punting yards and 270 punts were No. 5 and No. 8, respectively, in ACC history at the conclusion of 2019 ... Punted for the National team at the 2020 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, kicking four times for 134 yards (33.5 avg.) and landing two inside the 20-yard line ... Attended the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine ... 2019 All-Academic Team selection ... Five-time member of the SU Athletic Director's Honor Roll ... Redshirted in 2015 ... Four letters.

Kendall Coleman

Syracuse defensive end Kendall Coleman, is signing as an undrafted free agent with his hometown team, the Indianapolis Colts making the four-year starter the first Syracuse player to sign a deal after going unselected in the NFL draft.

(Courtesy: Syracuse Athletics)
Four-year starter at defensive end from 2016-19 ... In 44 games (43 starts), logged 137 tackles (70 solo), 26.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks to go along with two pass breakups and one blocked kick ... Two-time All-ECAC selection ... Tallied four tackles, one sack and two quarterback hits as a member of the East roster for the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl ... Attended the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine ... 2019 Bill Horr Award winner as Syracuse's team MVP ... As a junior in 2018, Coleman and Alton Robinson formed the top sack duo in the ACC with 20 combined quarterback takedowns ... Both players had 10 sacks each ... Tied the Syracuse bowl record for sacks with three versus West Virginia in the 2018 Camping World Bowl ... In 2016, became the first true freshman to start a season opener at defensive end for the Orange since SU switched from a 3-4 to a primarily 4-3 alignment in 1996 ... Four letters.

Sean Riley

Wide reciever Sean Riley joins the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent.

(Courtesy: Syracuse Athletics)
Played in all 49 games for the Orange from 2016-19 ... One of the most productive all-around players in program history ... Team’s primary kickoff return man for four seasons and was a two-year starter at slot receiver ... Finished his career third all-time at Syracuse with 4,358 all-purpose yards (97 rushing, 1,265 receiving, 2,996 return) and first in all-purpose yards per play (14.6) ... Set the school records for most career kickoff returns (115) and kickoff return yards (2,433), eclipsing Qadry Ismail’s previous marks of 105 and 2,290, respectively ... Riley’s 115 kickoff returns ranked No. 3 in ACC history behind NC State’s T.J. Graham (137) and Maryland’s Torrey Smith (123) at the conclusion of 2019 and his 2,433 kickoff return yards were seventh ... Ended his career No. 10 in team history in receptions with 119 catches for 1,265 yards (10.6 avg.) and four touchdowns ... Had three 100-yard receiving games ... Led the nation in kickoff return yards as a freshman (1,095) ... School and ACC-record holder for most kickoff returns in a game (10 at Pittsburgh, 2016) and in a season (53 in 2016) ... Served as Syracuse’s No. 1 punt returner from 2017-19 ... Returned 50 punts for 563 yards with one touchdown to close his career No. 8 on the Syracuse record list for most punts returned and No. 9 in yardage ... Riley’s average of 11.26 yards per return ranked seventh (min. 25 returns) ... Rushed 15 times for 97 yards (6.5 avg.) ... Blocked two punts, including one that was returned by Trill Williams for a touchdown in 2018 versus Wagner ... 2017 All-ACC Academic Team selection ... Four letters.

Trishton Jackson

Wide receiver Trishton Jackson is heading to the LA Rams after being signed as an undrafted free agent. 

(Courtesy: Syracuse Athletics)
Enrolled at Syracuse in January 2018 after playing his freshman and sophomore seasons at Michigan State ... Sat out the 2018 regular season due to NCAA transfer rules … Made his Orange debut in the Camping World Bowl versus West Virginia and caught a touchdown ... In 13 games for Syracuse from 2018-19, caught 69 passes for 1,050 yards (15.2 avg.) and 12 scores ... Averaged 80.8 receiving yards per game for the Orange and logged five 100-yard receiving games ... In 2019, set the Syracuse record for the most receiving yards by a junior in school history (1,023) ... Including his time at Michigan State, Jackson totaled 86 receptions for 1,282 yards (14.9 avg.) and 13 touchdowns in his collegiate career ... Declared for the 2020 NFL Draft after his junior season ... Attended the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine ... One letter.

Evan Adams

Offensive lineman Evan Adams has signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent. 

(Courtesy: Syracuse Athletics)
Four-year starter at guard ... With the first string for 45 out of a possible 49 games from 2016-19, including 33 starts at right guard and 12 at left guard ... Played 3,464 snaps over his four seasons and was credited with 146 knockdown blocks ... Redshirted in 2015 ... Four letters.

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