Erick Dargan SS
Dargan went from being a small part of the Ducks defense to leading the team in interceptions with seven. Although Dargan had a stellar year and was a crucial part of the Ducks making the National Championship, apparently – to some — that wasn’t enough, as he was snubbed from the 2015 NFL Combine.
Dargan is seen by many scouts as not having the breakout speed that is required to play at the next level or the ability to come up and stop the running back in the hole. Dargan showed up to his Pro Day at a solid 5’11”, 211 pounds. He ran a somewhat slow 40 at 4.72 and had a vertical jump of 29″.
With all that being said I still believe Dargan can be solid back up safety in the NFL if he continues to improve his speed, so look for him to go in either round 6 or 7.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB
At the beginning of the season Ekpre-Olomu was picked as the No. 1-rated CB going into this year’s Draft and the title of the “Best Corner Back in College Football.”
Most of the season played out in Ifo’s favor, as the Ducks were looking good heading into the first CFB Playoff Semi-Final game against Florida State. Then in a practice leading up to the game Ifo Suffered a Torn ACL, which was a blow to him and the team.
But the consensus all-American, first-team all-Pac-12 and Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back) finalist is ready to move on and look to accomplish his dream of playing in the NFL. He wasn’t able to participate in the NFL Combine or his Pro Day, which could hurt his draft stock along with recovering from the knee injury.
With all these factors facing Ekpre-Olomu with the Draft just a couple of days away, I still think Ifo is a can’t miss player at his position, so expect him to go between rounds 3-4.
Troy Hill CB
Hill had the breakout season he wanted last year after finally becoming a full time starter for the Ducks, as he led the team in pass break ups with 18. Hill was the only one of the Ducks secondary to participate in the Draft Combine in which he ran a 4.55, 40 and had a vertical jump of 34″.
Hill has great footwork, hands, and plays very aggressive, which sometimes works for or against him. The one thing holding Hill back from being considered an elite corner in this Draft is his size.
Hill’s stature, 5’10”, 180 lbs., is why some scouts think he won’t be able to withstand the physicality of some wide receivers and big bruising running backs.
Hill still has the speed and technique to have a nice career in the NFL, expect him to go between rounds 4-6.
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For Football Season: FishDuck Back to Seven Days a Week!
I had to shut down the daily articles on July 20th because I could no longer work the extra 3 to 12 hours per week of certain managerial/editorial duties. (beyond the usual ones with FishDuck)
I’ve had a blast writing without those duties, and now, due to a new agreement with the writers, I can announce that we will have articles seven days a week again. I wish to thank the writers publicly for their graciousness in coming to a solution, as now I still do not have do those extra duties with our agreement, and meanwhile the writers are back having fun creating articles as I am.
Everybody is happy! So below is the new schedule through football season:
Monday: Mr. FishDuck
Tuesday: Darren Perkins
Wednesday: Joshua Whitted & Mr. FishDuck
Thursday: Coach Eric Boles & Alex Heining
Friday: David Marsh
Saturday: Mr. FishDuck (GameDay Baby!)
Sunday: Jordan Ingram
A couple of writers could not join us as they have new projects in their lives, and cannot write for anyone at the moment–but perhaps we will see them back later.
Things rarely work out so well for all parties in agreements, but this time it has and truly….everyone wins!
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