Marshall running back Rasheen Ali, defensive back Micah Abraham selected on final day of NFL Draft

A pair of Marshall players had dreams realized on the third and final day of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Running back Rasheen Ali was chosen in the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens and defensive back Micah Abraham came off the board a round later when he was picked by the Indianapolis Colts.

Ali was selected 165th overall and No. 30 in the fifth round. A native of Cleveland, Ali was with the Thundering Herd for four years and came on to the scene in a big way in 2021 when he rushed for career highs of 1,401 yards and 23 touchdowns. 

Dec 19, 2023; Frisco, TX, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd defensive back Micah Abraham (6) intercepts a pass during the first quarter against the UTSA Roadrunners at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

Ali was limited to three games the next season, but concluded his college career with a strong junior campaign, rushing for 1,135 yards and 15 touchdowns over 12 games in 2023.

For his Herd career, Ali finished with 2,831 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns on 5.5 yards per attempt. He also caught 75 passes for 557 yards and three TDs, scoring once on a reception each of his last three seasons. 

Ali was also a special teams weapon and averaged 34.6 yards on 34 career kickoff returns, one of which he returned 97 yards for a score.

Abraham was chosen 201st overall as the 25th pick of the sixth round. The cornerback played in 62 of a possible 62 games throughout five seasons at Marshall.

He recorded 12 career interceptions, including six in 2022 and four in his final season with the Herd. As a true freshman, Abraham had one interception, which he returned 75 yards for a TD.

Abraham had 36 tackles each of the last two seasons and 150 for his career. He forced and recovered one fumble and was in on 55 passes defended. 

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