The list of East Lake NFL draft picks could grow

Wake Forest linebacker Justin Strnad, a former star at East Lake, is projected to go anywhere in rounds 4-7 of the NFL draft. If Strnad is selected, he will become the third Eagles player picked in the past five years. Here are the others. 

Mason Cole
Arizona’s Mason Cole/Photo credit: Arizona Cardinals

OL Mason Cole, Arizona Cardinals

College: Michigan

Pick: Third round (97th overall) in 2018 draft

An Army All-American selection, Cole graduated early and quickly became a fixture for Michigan in the trenches. In 2014, he became the first true freshman offensive lineman to ever start a season opener for the Wolverines. Cole showed his versatility throughout his college career, playing just about every position on the line. He was a second-team all-Big Ten selection in each of his final two seasons at Michigan. By going in the third round, Cole became the highest-selection ever from East Lake. In 2018, he started all 16 games at center for the Cardinals. Cole was used mostly as a backup interior lineman this past season, starting two games at left guard. 

Tyler Higbee
Rams’ Tyler Higbee/Photo credit: Los Angeles Rams

TE Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams

College: Western Kentucky

Pick: Fourth round (110th overall) in 2016 draft

The two-sport athlete was East Lake’s MVP in football in 2010. Still, he was overlooked by most recruiting experts and ended up at Western Kentucky, where the two-star prospect showed off his pass-catching ability. Higbee’s breakout season came as a senior in 2015 when he had 38 catches for 563 yards and eight touchdowns. He became East Lake’s first-ever draft pick when the Rams took him in the fourth round of the 2016 draft. He has already played in a Super Bowl and signed a four-year, $31-million contract extension last offseason. His best season came in 2019 when he ser career highs for receptions (69), yards (734) and touchdowns (3).