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Australia’s four NFL draft hopefuls left on shelf

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Australian giant David Yankey and punter Tom Hornsey will have a nervous wait after being snubbed during the first three rounds of the NFL Draft.

Yankey, the 198cm tall, 143kg offensive guard was surprisingly given the cold shoulder by NFL clubs.

A two-time All-American selection during a four-year stint with US west coast college football power Stanford University, Sydney-born Yankey was expected to be a second or third round pick.

ESPN had Yankey pencilled in as the 63rd overall pick.

But, after 100 players were selected and the draft shut down in New York for the night on Friday, Yankey was left on the shelf.

The final four rounds will be held on Saturday.

Geelong-born Hornsey, who after starring for the University of Memphis, is considered the best punter in the draft and is tipped to go in the sixth or seventh round.

Essendon-raised Jordan Berry, from Eastern Kentucky University, and Sydney’s Cayle Chapman-Brown, who punted for New Mexico University, are also rated among the top punters eligible for the draft.

If Yankey is selected, he will join Queenslander Jesse Williams, who was drafted last year by Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks, as non-punting Aussies in the NFL.