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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Drafting the UK Football Team

Would Tim Couch be the #1 draft pick in a draft of only UK players?  I think so. 

Many people didn’t see it, but CNNSI did an interesting article last week where Andy Staples simulated what he thought a college football draft would look like.  He ordered the teams from worst to best and drafted for 1 round, or a total of 125 picks.  Johnny Manziel went 1st, Clowney 2nd, Teddy Bridgewater 3rd, etc etc.  No Kentucky players were drafted.  And UK drafted 40th, 1 spot ahead of Western Kentucky.  But, it gave me a thought of how you would draft if only picking from UK players past and present.  I got together with 3 buddies (Jake, David, and Alex) and we drafted out 6 rounds, or 24 total players.  We made a deal that each team must draft 1 QB, 1 RB, 1 WR, 1 defensive player, and the last 2 players could be used for any position.  Here is how the draft came out:

1st Round
(1) BTI: Tim Couch-QB
(2) Jake: George Blanda-QB
(3) David: Sonny Collins-RB
(4) Alex: Randall Cobb-WR

2nd Round
(5) Alex: Moe Williams-RB
(6) David: Craig Yeast-WR
(7) Jake: Jim Kovach-LB (leading tackler in UK history)
(8) BTI: Rafael Little-RB

3rd Round
(9): BTI: Keenan Burton-WR
(10) Jake: Mark Higgs-RB
(11) David: Derrick Ramsey-QB
(12) Alex: Jared Lorenzen-QB

4th Round
(13) Alex: Art Still-DT
(14) David: George Adams-RB
(15) Jake: James Whalen-WR/TE
(16) BTI: Wesley Woodyard-LB

5th Round
(17) BTI: Derek Abney-WR
(18) Jake: Anthony White-RB
(19) David: Danny Trevathan-LB
(20) Alex: Babe Parilli-QB

6th Round
(21) Alex: Derrick Locke-RB
(22) David: Stevie Johnson-WR
(23) Jake: Jacob Tamme-WR/TE
(24) BTI: Trevard Lindley-CB
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Here is how the 6-man rosters turned out.  Who do you think did the best of the bunch?  And what players were drafted too high and which were drafted too low?    

BTI
Tim Couch-QB
Rafael Little-RB
Keenan Burton-WR
Derek Abney-WR
Wesley Woodyard-LB
Trevard Lindley-CB

Jake
George Blanda-QB
Mark Higgs-RB
Anthony White-RB
James Whalen-WR
Jacob Tamme-WR/TE
Jim Kovach-LB

David
Derrick Ramsey-QB
Sonny Collins-RB
George Adams-RB
Craig Yeast-WR
Steve Johnson-WR
Danny Trevathan-LB

Alex
Jared Lorenzen-QB
Babe Parilli-QB
Moe Williams-RB
Derrick Locke-RB
Randall Cobb-WR
Art Still-DT

Article written by Bryan the Intern

55 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Drafting the UK Football Team



  1. Idiots
    9:03 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    How do none of you take Dermonti Dawson? WOW!!



  2. UK Terry
    9:03 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    1) Alex 2) BTI 3) Jake 4) David

    Hard to believe Art Still lasted until the 4th round.



  3. stuckatwork
    9:06 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    No Dawson?



  4. just me
    9:10 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Bryan the intern has apparently been watching ball for only the last few years.. what about, Mark Logan, Mark Higgins, Warren Bryant, Frank LeMaster John Shipwreck Kelly>>>>>



  5. Marty?
    9:11 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    No Marty Moore?



  6. Bryan the Intern
    9:12 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    His name was brought up but you don’t build a team around a center. That was the consensus.



  7. Clay
    9:13 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Pinner led sec in rushing.



  8. Wizard
    9:16 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Yeast too high, Stevie too low. Yeast lasted only a couple of season in the NFL, where as Stevie is still cashing checks. Tamme still in the league, where as Whalen only lasted a year. Did Little ever make a NFL roster? Still and Wesley should be highter picks also.



  9. Cobalt Cat
    9:19 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Dermontti Dawson
    Warren Bryant
    Jeff Van Note
    Jim Kovach
    Sam Ball



  10. Tired of Hypotheticals
    9:24 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Okay, put your computer down and go back to playing with your crayons Bryan. I know it’s slow summer but you and Corey think of the dumbest crap I’ve ever read.



  11. Reality
    9:30 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    What about Artose Pinner? Andre Woodson over Jared Lorenzen.



  12. kes
    9:36 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    6. paul browns first draft pick ever for the bengals when they were a new franchise was a CENTER! he said “you must build a team around a good center” i think he knows a little more about football then you guys



  13. Charlie Waite
    9:38 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    How did Stevie Johnson last until the 6th round?



  14. FeedMeSeymour
    9:39 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Artose Pinner over all other RBs besides Moe Williams! Dewayne Robertson in there somewhere… Jacob Tamme??



  15. Charlie Waite
    9:40 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    And where is Corey Peters?….



  16. Wait what?
    9:42 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky has a football team?



  17. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    9:42 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Rafael Little is the worst pick of the draft. Also, Blanda is hands down the #1.



  18. DrSayre
    9:43 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    What are the odds Alex, David, and Jake are real people?



  19. Marc Maggard
    9:47 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    For the Intern, Stuart, and Drew Franklin, if you don’t have a Twitter account, you don’t exist



  20. The Water Boy
    9:49 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Stop, just stop… Geezus BTI please stop with the ignorant posts. You and your remedial cohorts need to stick to UK Basketball NBA drafts because this is a piss-poor effort. I love that you all choose 5 rounds of players, most of who were borderline NFL talents who never even took NFL snaps, before selecting Stevie Johnson. BTW, Johnson has had three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons.

    #BTISucks



  21. josh adams
    9:49 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    give ya props for including rafael little I feel like ppl forget how incredible he was before 2 years of carrying a team in the SEC began to wear him down, I feel like the coaching staff killed his chance at a nfl career. BUT no artose spinner pinner on this list, blasphemy!



  22. josh adams
    9:56 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    11 and 17
    11. If Jload would have been surrounded with NFL ready weapons then there wouldn’t be an argument, i appreciate what woodson did for us. At the same time if he wasn’t scared to get hit he could’ve went down as most successful uk quarterback ever. There were a few games down the stretch of his senior season if memory serves me right it was auburn and SC that he was pressured and had epicly bad games, that took what could’ve been an amazing season to just another.
    17. your high, and evidently didn’t see little play his freshman and sophmore year



  23. james
    9:57 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Art Still is probably the best player to dawn the blue and white. FYI, he never played DT. He was a great DE!



  24. Ned Tugent
    10:01 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    How do you have Tamme and Johnson all the way back in the 6th rnd?



  25. josh adams
    10:03 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    it was sc and miss st and it wasn’t that he had the worst games its just that on every big play he waffled, but like i said i appreciate that woodson was the signal caller for some of my favorite moments in my life, louisville and lsu games were 2 extremely satisfying games.



  26. The Water Boy
    10:05 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    If you are drafting any UK cornerback, please do yourself a favor and learn who D.J. Johnson is.



  27. lance
    10:05 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    how does tamme fall to the 6th round



  28. youknow
    10:08 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Hal’s playbook was “get open on 2”. The only reason Couch looked any good was because he threw the ball 70+ times a game so of course he is going to rack up some stats. Worst pick the Browns ever made, and that is saying ALOT!



  29. Joe
    10:13 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    The guy who took Art Still kills you all. The stats don’t show it, (because a) they didn’t keep a lot of modern stats then and b) everybody ran 85% of the time), but Still is probably the best player in UK history, with the possible exception of Babe Parilli (different times, hard to judge), who was also drafted by the same guy. I like Moe Williams pretty well too there.

    The guys who did things like draft Mark Higgs, George Adams, and James Whalen ahead of Parilli are also insane. All the Babe did was win, including leading the biggest win in UK history, the 1951 Sugar Bowl.



  30. B-Lord
    10:16 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    #28 You’re an idiot. So Couch/Mumme/etc. fooled the NCAA enough on those 70+ passes per game to land him 4th in the Heisman voting? Sure. It wasn’t the pick of Couch that was the Browns problem. He is the only QB that has led them to the playoffs since their re-inception in 1999. The problem was surrounding him with absolutely zero talent in the offensive line and no running game. NO quarterback would strive in that system. How have all the QBs in Cleveland fared since? Most of them have been quickly out of the league. Watch some football or do some homework before you post, clown.



  31. Old Man
    10:28 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    These guys must be youngsters. No appreciation for the older Cats.

    Now get off my lawn!



  32. PhilUK18
    10:28 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    30.

    I was going to rip on that guy for his stupid Couch bashing, but you hit all the key points I was going I make. Well done. Couch would have had a great career for pretty much any other NFL team



  33. Joe
    10:40 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Agreed on Couch. Any team that kept him upright would’ve gotten a decent career from him. And the guy wasn’t horrible anyway.

    Career record as a starter 22-37, 11,131 yards, 64 TD, 67 INT

    Not Hall of Fame numbers, but decent numbers for a horrible team. He got sacked 166 times, including 56 as a rookie, the most in the league that year. It’s a wonder he didn’t get killed.



  34. BTI is a slapdick
    10:44 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Art Still was a DE not a DT…slapdicks



  35. Punter U
    10:55 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t believe not 1 punter was picked. They have been our MVPs for the last several years.



  36. bluristhurr
    11:02 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Really Rafael Little? He couldn’t keep a practice squad spot in the NFL



  37. Burke
    11:21 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Joe Federspiel…..great U.K. and New Orleans linebacker.



  38. cracka
    11:28 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    based on all available info (including what they did after college) or a in a real draft sense where you could only go on what they did at uk?



  39. Joe
    11:31 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Twice you list Art Still as a defensive tackle. Art Still was the most dominant defensive END ever to play college football. It’s not dreamed up folklore that teams stopped running the ball on Art Still’s side of the line. That really happened. Imagine George Clowney squared. Is allowing children to write anything they want, and having no system of editing or information checks deemed journalism to you Matt? Please don’t call this blog news. It is and always has been an open forum and nothing else.



  40. Teachable Mo'
    11:36 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    George Blanda played QB in the NFL into his 40s, playing in a championship game at 43.

    Retire on top, yes? Almost. He retired 5 years later at 48.

    And Dermotti Dawson was probably the greatest center ever. Jeez-louise.



  41. PhilUK18
    11:41 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    39.

    The dude’s name is Jadaveon (not sure on the spelling) Clowney, not George



  42. Joe
    11:49 am July 18, 2013 Permalink

    That’s how insignificant Jadeveon Clowney is compared to Art Still. I confuse Clowney’s name with an actor’s.



  43. The Old Guy
    12:02 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Former Outland Trophy winner Bob Gain and Lou Michaels. Along with Babe Parilli the only members of the college football hall of fame from UK. Could do worse than build your team around either of these defensive studs.



  44. Gene
    12:14 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Jadeveon Shmuneveon. Joe’s right. Don’t worry about getting the details right on this blog PhilUK18.



  45. Ky
    1:05 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    What about arliss beach? RB His years were solid at uk but all of the coaching changes screwed him over..but he still played a short time in the nfl..he was solid



  46. Chrush
    1:36 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Blanda was a KICKER at 43 and Kenny Stabler’s back-up QB with the Raiders. Parilli would’ve been my first pick — Couch wasn’t a Heisman Trophy finalist. Steve Meillinger was also a stud in the early ’50s for Bear.



  47. Wes
    1:41 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Lou Michaels was a candidate for the Heisman Trophy. What of the Corbin Comet, the late Calvin Bird. He still holds several UK rushing records.



  48. MustangCat
    1:45 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Wow. You’d have to reserve the top 10 spots – for the players you left off!!! My goodness. Art Still is unquestionably the best player to ever suit up for UK, regardless of positions. Dermonti Dawson? Hello??!! Can’t build a franchise around him? Huh?! 3 words there guys: HALL OF FAME. are you kidding me?! Marty Moore, Joe Fiderspiel, Andre Woodson, Jeff Van Note, Jim Kovach, Artose Pinner, Cory Peters, Dewayne Robertson, Ball, Bryant, Dickie Lyons, and his son. All i can say is WOW.



  49. mudcreekmark
    1:46 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    43)Now that is what I’m talking about.Bob Gain,Lou Michaels,Babe Parilli, George Blanda,Sam Ball,Warren Bryant, Art Still, Derrick Ramsey,Sonny Collins,Steve Melinger,Roger Bird, Howard Schnellenberger,Jeff Van Note,Jim Kovach, Marty Moore, Dermonti Dawson,Mark Higgs,Calvin Bird, are all some of the oldies but goodies. I loved watching Jim Kovach and Marty Moore plays. Seemed as tough they were in on every tackle. Donss’t get me wrong, we have had some great players in the last few years that these young guys have pointed out, but we do have a long football history and have had our share of really good players over the years.



  50. Teachable Mo'
    4:06 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    @46

    In the AFC title game against the Baltimore Colts, Blanda again relieved an injured Lamonica, completing 17 of 32 passes for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns while also kicking a 48-yard field goal and two extra points, keeping the Raiders in the game until the final quarter, when he was intercepted twice. Aged 43, he became the oldest quarterback ever to play in a championship game, and was one of the few remaining straight-ahead kickers in the NFL.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Blanda



  51. Not Dan Issel
    4:15 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Bryan the Intern is an idiot, he knows nothing about UK sports, and why he is permitted to write anything for KSR is beyond me.



  52. Pacman
    5:11 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    BTI is the “Jerry Tipton” of KSR



  53. Pookie Jones
    5:42 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Did everyone forget about me?



  54. fireants25
    7:24 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    how is burton taken before stevie haha crazy



  55. Bill Curry
    11:53 pm July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Pookie Jones will go down as one of the greatest qb’s in UK history.