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2013 NFL Draft: Kentucky Wildcats

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It’s early, but how about looking ahead to what type of NFL prospects this Kentucky team has to offer. Last year, Wildcats fans saw the defense’s top tacklers drafted on the third day. The tandem of Danny Trevathan and Winston Guy is undoubtedly missed at Commonwealth Stadium, but both players are making their marks on their respective teams by inching up the depth chart. Kentucky could have yet another tandem selected in this year’s draft, but it’s not where you’d traditionally think.


OG, Larry Warford: The anchor of Kentucky’s offensive line could hear his name called relatively early in next year’s draft. Warford has all the tools to be a great guard at the next level. Great size, great hands, a balanced game, and a mean streak that doesn’t go along with his quiet personality. NFL teams took notice of the Richmond, KY native after a monster junior campaign, causing him to leap up draft boards. If Warford has a great combine he could be a end-of-first-round type of prospect. Either way, he should be an immediate contributor for any team that picks him up. Draft projection: Round 2-3

C, Matt Smith: Historically, the Wildcats haven’t put a lot of offensive linemen in the NFL. That could change this year if both Smith and Warford are drafted. A defensive tackle coming out of high school, Smith had to earn his reps at center once he made the switch to the other side of the ball. Once he became a starter, he never relinquished his role and is one of main the reasons the offensive line has been so steady against top competition. Smith has good size for a center and a pretty solid game to go with it, too. His injury history could scare some teams away, but, if he’s able to stay healthy, he’ll eventually compete for a starting job at the next level. Draft projection: Rounds 4-6 

DE, Collins Ukwu: When DC Rick Minter was hired I was excited for one player in particular: Collins Ukwu. Ukwu’s build is more catered to play a five-technique position than pass-rushing DE, which is probably what he’ll play at the next level. Ukwu will tell you himself that too many times he got washed out of plays in his first season at the position. He’s gotten much better this season at holding the point of attack, and setting the edge when he’s responsible. He’ll continue to play the five-technique at the next level, but will be a bit of a project for a team that picks him up. A great combine workout would really help out his cause. Draft Projection: Round 6- Undrafted

CB/S, Martavius Neloms: Neloms might be my favorite player in this upcoming class. Because he’s played literally every position in Kentucky’s secondary, he’s more equipped to mold to an NFL defense than vice versa. Think Malcolm Jenkins in Gregg Williams’ defense (without the bounties) as the type of player he could become. At 6-1, 190 lbs he’ll have to put on a little weight to handle the safety/cornerback grind of the NFL, but his frame looks like it’ll be able to handle it. Neloms is a very physical player, which makes you think a nickel safety or cover-two corner would be his best bet at the next level. Like Ukwu, an outstanding combine performance would help GMs, coaches, and scouts to do more homework on him.  Draft Projection: Round 6- Undrafted

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

18 Comments for 2013 NFL Draft: Kentucky Wildcats

  1. unreal
    8:09 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Is this serious? This team is chronically horrendous and we’re worried about where they’re going in the draft? I will eat a pound of dirt if anyone other than Larry Warford is drafted off of this collection of losers.

  2. stevo
    8:11 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Uhhhh, I’m pretty sure NFL secondary can cover man to man’break up passes and deliver sure tackles……is there a different Neloms playing on this team I’m not aware of? LOL

  3. hillary's cankles
    8:13 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Soooooo, you’re saying the 2 best pro prospects on the UK team are offensive lineman. As in the offensive lineman crew that have allowed our 2 best QBs to go down to major injuries – thus ending UK season after just 6 games.

    Only at UK can a teams best player be a toss up between an offensive lineman and a punter.

  4. Rashawn Franklin
    8:18 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Joker said today that our QBs getting hurt were freak plays. Line only allowed four sacks on Max Smith.. 11 on the rooks and Newton, but it’s because they are holding the ball too long.

  5. kes
    8:22 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    LOLOLOLOL! are you serious? i guess joker is going to be head coach of the steelers! HAHAHAHA NFL DRAFT! YOU GUYS KILL ME!!!!LOLOLOL

  6. peeps
    8:31 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    the comment sections have become so negative it is painful to read… 🙁

  7. truth
    8:53 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    All of these guys suck.

  8. unreal
    8:57 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    @ #6
    Our total yardage gained v. total yardage allowed has become so negative it is painful to watch.

  9. kyats
    9:01 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    No offense guys, I know you are young but the college contributions to this site have been less than up to par and should be left on

  10. unreal
    9:15 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    +1000 to #9

    9:35 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink


  12. Biggass Hungguy
    10:09 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Sacks happen and they arent always the lines fault. Whitlow gets sacked a lot because he holds on to the ball way too long. Rashauns Warford projection is right on, but his Smith projection is a little high compared to what other sites have him. It will all come down to how he grades out in combines as to whether or not he gets drafted or is a free agent going into training camp.

  13. unreal
    10:16 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Quoting #12….
    “but his Smith projection is a little high compared to what other sites have him”

    You don’t say? You mean that other sites have this no name correctly evaluated while the increasingly awful KSR has him being drafted? #SHOCKED

  14. What??
    10:44 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    I miss the days of Matt, Beez, Drew, Turkey Hunter etc. Who are these jokers writing for KSR these days? No one in the right mind could say Neloms is an NFL talent. Sure he’s played a ton of positions, but he’s been pretty underwhelming at all of them. Love the kid for busting his ass for the blue and white every week, just don’t see him playing on Sundays. No comment on the O linemen, won’t pretend like I know what I’m talking about

  15. Patty San
    11:04 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Serious thought could be given to a couple of these choices, but really have these people been watching Neloms play? I will be so glad to see him graduate. He really has not gotten anywhere close to his potential.

  16. Realistic Thinker
    2:06 am October 9, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like someone just took what they found on at the end of last season. Any scout watching any games this season won’t recommend wasting a pick on Smith, Ukwu, or Neloms. Smith is a great story because he’s the classic overachiever but won’t make an NFL training camp roster let alone get drafted. Ukwu has a darkhorse chance of making a training camp roster but will not get drafted. Neloms’ career is over after we play Tennessee – PERIOD!!! All that being said, Warford is a beast & I think he’ll go late 1st-early 2nd. After Warford, the next most likely candidate to even get picked up as undrafted FA is La’Rod King but even that has a snowball’s chance in Hell. We just have very weak upperclassmen…most NFL scouts are looking at Warford & our youngsters, not those clowns you talked about.

  17. Cats
    9:23 am October 9, 2012 Permalink

    You all are truly pathetic. Each of these players has a chance at the next level. The bashing on Smith and Ukwu is unbelievable. You all have no sense of talent. Who would have thought Matt Roark would sign as a free agent? None of you all have any idea of what scouts look at. #13 calling Smith a no name is bold. He’s been on the Rimington Watch list two years in a row and is rated as the 7th best center in the nation.

  18. beer
    11:16 am October 9, 2012 Permalink

    so this really means that warford goes in the 6th round and the rest do not get drafted. atleast they are being optimistic