Draft Stock For Future NFLers

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Kevin Cline

When it comes to college football, only the most dedicated fans look forward to the spring.  That is the time for the NFL Draft, where we get to see which NFL team picks up our favorite Ducks players.  So let’s examine who and where our draft-eligible players might go, should they choose to declare for the NFL Draft.

Rounds 1-2

Every team that needs a QB has Mariota on their short list.

Steve Francis

Every team that needs a QB has Mariota on their short list.

Marcus Mariota — Nobody reading this wants to see him leave anytime soon.  Clearly a Heisman Trophy candidate, Super Mario will be a sought-after asset in a QB-dominated league.  Being a talent and character guy, expect him to go in the top five.

Ifo has done more to improve his stock the past two years than any other player on the team.

Craig Strobeck

Ifo has done more to improve his stock the past two years than any other player on the team.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu — Arguably the best CB in the country.  Teams have thrown away from him for the most part this year, after a breakout season last year.

Hroniss Grasu starts the action against Cal

Craig Strobeck

Hroniss Grasu starts the action against Cal.

Hroniss Grasu — Hroniss is big, mobile, and reliable under center for a Ducks’ team that has a fluid, fast-paced style that starts with him snapping the ball every play.

Rounds 3-4

Colt Lyerla — After leaving the team, there will be a lot of questions that Lyerla will need to answer for the media and scouts.  He was a preseason first-round pick in my opinion, so the talent is there.

Taylor Hart — The best player on the front four for this defense that has played surprisingly well.  He has led the unit in holding good rushing teams at bay.

De’Anthony Thomas — There aren’t a lot of players that were speed backs in college that transitioned well to the NFL.  Look for a team to use him like Darren Sproles in a pass-first offense.  He is also valuable in the return game.  I can see the New England Patriots as a perfect fit.

Rounds 5-7

Boseko Lokombo — The preseason weakness of the defense was the LB core.  All of those concerns were drowned out owing in large part to Lokombo’s leadership and play this season.

Josh Huff — No one questions his toughness.  He has good size and might be the best blocking WR  in all of college football.

Avery Patterson — Pat started playing well in a next-man-up role last season after the injury to John Boyett.  He may slip to ’unsigned free agent’ status, depending on team needs.

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Max Blumenthal

Max Blumenthal

Max is a sophomore at the University of Oregon. He did his best Chip Kelly impersonation moving to Oregon from southern New Hampshire back in 2008. As a Portland area resident, he discovered UO through his older sister who studied there. He is also a member of the Bowerman's Pack which promotes Oregon's track and field team and even collaborates with Nike on grassroots running events. However, his true passion is Ducks' football. If you ever want to meet him in person, come to a blow-out game at Autzen Stadium and wander over to the student section. He will be the last one there after everyone else has left early.