Jamil Demby of the University of Maine is headed to the National Football League.
The offensive lineman on Saturday was selected in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Rams. He was the 192nd pick overall.
He was the third offensive lineman picked by the Rams after Texas Christian tackle Joseph Noteboom and Michigan State center Brian Allen.
Demby, a 6-foot-4, 315-pounder from New Jersey, becomes the 15th UMaine player to get drafted. The Black Bears’ most recent NFL draftees were Trevor Bates of Westbrook, selected by the Indianapolis Colts in 2016, along with Kendall James (2014, Minnesota Vikings) and Jerron MacMillan (2012, Green Bay Packers).
Demby, who played tackle at UMaine but is expected to be moved to guard in the NFL, is the first Black Bears offensive lineman to be taken in the NFL Draft since Scott Hough was selected by the New Orleans Saints in 1990.
Demby worked out for six NFL teams and visited four, including the Rams.
“The general manager [Les Snead] called me 10 minutes before I saw my name on the [draft] and asked me if I wanted to be a Ram,” said Demby, who was with family and friends at his family’s home in Vineland, New Jersey. “I lost it. I said ‘Yes, sir.”
He said there was a “lot of positivity” when he visited the Rams and they were open to new ideas.
“It was awesome. There’s an exciting future there,” said Demby, who will also be reunited with former UMaine offensive coordinator Liam Coen, who was hired by the Rams in February as an assistant receivers coach after leaving UMaine for Holy Cross in December.
“It’s a blessing, especially now that coach Coen is there,” added Demby, who added that he received a congratulatory message from Rams 36-year-old offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth.
“For a guy like him, with all he has accomplished in his career, to give me a shout [was special],” said Demby who doesn’t care whether he plays guard or tackle.
“I’ll pretty much be a swing guy until I find my niche. It will be awesome to learn and grow there. I’m excited to get to work,” said Demby who will join an offensive unit that led the NFL in points per game (29.9).
Demby appeared in 42 games during his career at UMaine culminating in last fall’s award-filled campaign.
He was chosen as a first-team Phil Steele Football Championship Subdivision All-American, a STATS second team All-American, a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association pick and an All-New England selection.
Four of his former teammates were in the Canadian Football League last season: Defensive back Sherrod Baltimore (Ottawa), wide receiver Damarr Aultman (Hamilton), linebacker Christophe Mulumba-Tshimanga (Edmonton) and quarterback Dan Collins (Ottawa).
He will graduate on May 12 with a degree in kinesiology.
Other Black Bears who concluded their college careers last fall and who are looking to earn an NFL shot include offensive linemen Isaiah Brooks and John Reddington, wide receivers Marquise Adams and Jaleel Reed, cornerbacks Najee Goode and Tayvon Hall, safety Jason Matovu and linebacker-turned-receiver Ben Davis.