A pair of CAA Football players were selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, marking the 15th consecutive year that the conference has had multiple players chosen.
Rhode Island wide receiver Isaiah Coulter was selected in the fifth round (171st overall) by the Houston Texans, while James Madison quarterback Ben DiNucci was chosen in the seventh round (231st overall) by the Dallas Cowboys.
Coulter became the first Rhode Island player to be taken in NFL Draft since 1986. The 2nd-team All-CAA honoree made 71 receptions for 1,039 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He was just the seventh player in school history to tally over 1,000 receiving yards in a season and he ranks ninth on URI’s career receiving yards chart.
DiNucci earned CAA Offensive Player of the Year accolades after completing 227-of-319 passes for 2,982 yards and 25 touchdowns while also rushing for 498 yards and 6 TD’s. He led FCS in completion percentage (70.9%) and ranked second in passing efficiency (169.5). DiNucci, who received first-team All-America honors from the AFCA, is the second JMU quarterback to be selected in the NFL Draft, joining Mike Cawley in 1996.
Coulter and DiNucci were two of only six total FCS players who were chosen in the NFL Draft. CAA Football and the Missouri Valley Football Conference each led the way with two.
CAA Football is expected to have numerous free agent signings over the next few days.