With the draft just a day away, rumors swirling, deals being made like wildfire, and the whole sports universe focused on a singular event, Oregon may receive its most draft day attention ever. With sure fire top-10 pick Dion Jordan (DE, OLB), fringe first-rounder Kyle Long (OL), possible second rounder Kiko Alanso (MLB,OLB), and a bevy of other potential picks including running back Kenjon Barner, the Ducks may have the most heralded draft class in their history.
Dion Jordan is destined to be the first Oregon top-10 pick since Haloti Nagata went to the Ravens in the ’06 draft. What’s more impressive is that Kyle Long’s rising stock has potentially made him a first round pick to boot. It is amazing to think, but never has there been more than one Duck selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. This could be history in the making and is shaping up to be the best draft class in Oregon history. In 2009 there were 6 Ducks taken overall. We could potentially surpass that this season. Even if we don’t it will go down as the best draft class of all-time if both Jordan and Long go in the first round.
Every aspect of Oregon football is heading in the right direction. Our ability to successfully produce NFL talent will only further help our ability to recruit with the likes of the big boys. We need to successfully produce NFL talent in order to keep up with USC and virtually the entire SEC in recruiting. This potentially historic draft class could go a long way to helping that cause.