Former Syracuse linebacker Marquis Spruill was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday afternoon. Spruill was the 168th overall pick, and the 28th pick in the fifth round.
He was the second Orange player taken in the draft, after defensive lineman Jay Bromley was taken in the third round by the Giants on Friday.
Spruill finished the 2013 season with 66 tackles and 5.5 sacks and recorded 243 career tackles.
Syracuse’s defense was ranked 24th in limiting opponents on the ground (137.4 yards per game), 15th in third-down defense (.335, 63-188) and was the only team in the country to prevent an opposing player from rushing for 100 yards.
Spruill is the first SU linebacker drafted since Doug Hogue was taken by the Detroit Lions in the 2011 NFL Draft.