Minnesota's 2021 recruiting class currently ranks in the top 10 nationally.
In the four NFL Drafts from 2016 through 2019, four Minnesota players heard their names called. Over the three-day event in 2020, teams selected five Gophers, the most in a single draft since 1990.
For head coach John Anderson's players, the pandemic is a chance to overcome adversity.
Gophers linebacker Kamal Martin was the second Gopher selected on Saturday, getting drafted late in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.
Tyler Johnson was selected with the 161st overall pick in the NFL Draft, joining Antoine Winfield Jr on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
No Gopher has been picked in the first round since 2006. After Thursday nights, that drought will last at least one season longer.
A number of Gophers are poised to hear their names called over the weekend.