Jay Bromley will don a cap and gown when he graduates from Syracuse University on Sunday.
But first, Bromley is expected to toss on the cap of whichever team selects him in the NFL draft, and that could happen tonight.
Bromley the 6-foot-3, 306-pound defensive tackle is projected as the first SU player picked this weekend by NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr.
The second and third rounds will take place tonight while the last four rounds begin at noon Saturday.
Kiper Jr. slotted Bromley as a late-third or fourth-round pick in his updated projections Thursday morning on espninsider.com.
Bromley, to me, is a guy thats starting to really come together as a football player, Kiper Jr. said on the site.
The prospect-rating website, nfldraftscout.com, rated Bromley as the No. 19 defensive tackle and the No. 215 player overall.
Three SU players were drafted last year Justin Pugh, Ryan Nassib and Shamarko Thomas and at least two Orange players have been selected in each of the last five drafts.
Linebacker Marquis Spruill is the most likely SU player to join Bromley.
Kiper Jr. projects Spruill as a sixth or seventh-round pick. Spruill is listed as the No. 17 inside linebacker and the No. 350 player overall by nfldraftscouts.com.
He was a heck of a player, gives you range and productivity as a back-up special teamer initially, Kiper Jr. said of the 6-foot-1, 231-pound Spruill.
Bromley is 13th in program history with 25½ tackles for loss and 15th for most tackles by a down lineman with 121.
Spruill is No. 2 all-time at SU with 41 tackles for loss, and finished his career tied for the most starts among active linebackers in the country with 49.
Spruill and Bromley led an SU defense that finished last season as the only team in the country to not allow a 100-yard rusher.
Jerome Smith, who left SU with a year of eligibility remaining, is not expected to be drafted by Kiper Jr.
Smith is the 28th-best back and the No. 409 player overall, according to nfldraftscout.com.
All but three NFL drafts have featured at least one SU selection. The exceptions are 2008, 1975 and 1952