By Desmond Conner, Hartford Courant
UConn defensive tackle Shamar Stephen and linebacker Yawin Smallwood were selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft Saturday.
Stephen, a team captain and the Huskies’ Most Valuable Player in 2013, was the first UConn player taken in the ’14 draft. UConn had placed a selection in one of the first six rounds every year since 2007.
Stephen met with the Vikings in April.
“They showed me a lot of love out there,” he said.
Smallwood was an early entry into the draft, having a year of college eligibility left. He was projected to be a middle to late round pick.