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Could the 2013 NFL Draft be full of Cats?

I ran across an article from that lists the football Cats that will be draft eligible next year. The list surprised me because I always am talking to friends about all of these players and their potential at the next level. To actually list them and project them to the NFL showed me there should be a lot more Cats selected in the draft next year than in 2012. Let’s take a look at what the article said about the players and how I think they will be used in the NFL:

Senior offensive guard Larry Warford is almost a lock to be drafted.  He is widely considered one of the top players at his position in the country, and linemen are always gobbled up as the draft progresses.  The real question may be how high he goes.  Guards are not typically first round selections, but Warford could push  his stock up to the second round with a good senior year

-Warford is an absolute stud, and one of the best guard/center prospects in next year’s draft. He can play any interior offensive line position, and that versatility will make him a very draftable player come next April. Like WBN said, he probably won’t get out of the second round.

Senior center Matt Smith might be the next most likely player to be picked up after Warford.  Like guards, centers are rarely snagged in the early rounds and most have to wait until round 3 or later to hear their name called.  The pool of talented centers will be deep in 2013, but Smith will have been a three year starter in the SEC by that point and at 6’4 and 300+ pounds, he already has an NFL body as well.

-Another offensive line prospect that will be drafted at some point next year. Smith can expect to go between rounds three and five. Being a three-year SEC starter will allow him to be able to come an contribute to an NFL team immediately.

Injuries have taken their toll on him but Collins Ukwu has some potential.  He’s been a consistent player at defensive end since his redshirt freshman season.  He’ll need to continue to get bigger, but Ukwu is a versatile end that can help a team in multiple ways.  At this point, he could sneak into the late rounds.

-I love Ukwu’s game, but he has to stay healthy. In Rick Minter’s scheme he will continue to play the five-technique position on the defensive line, and will be asked to generate a pass rush. He has the size to play that same position in the NFL, and with a injury-free, productive season could hear his name called by a 3-4 defense. Fourth round ceiling.

Kentucky very rarely has underclassmen enter the draft early, but there might be one or two this year.  Unfortunately for the Cats, the guys who are the most likely to leave both play the same position.  Mister Cobble and Donte Rumph could use this season to catapult up draft boards.  Both guys have NFL size and strength and both play defensive tackle, which might be the most overvalued position in the NFL.  If either or both of these two decide to come out early, it would be a major blow to UK’s defense, but who could blame them.  Rumph is actually the same age as Randall Cobb and he’s only heading into his junior season.

-Both of these guys had outstanding spring games, each tallying a sack. At 331 lbs, Cobble will will be able to play the nose tackle position in any NFL defensive scheme, but would be most appreciated in a 3-4. Rumph looks like he can play either a run-stuffing five-technique position or a nose tackle in a 4-3 scheme. Either way both these guys have one year of eligibility left and should only leave for the NFL if their stock takes a crazy jump during the season.

Both Martavius Neloms and Mikie Benton have the size and speed to play safety in the NFL. Coach Phillips talked all spring about how they have become better football players and leaders in the backfield of the defense. Both will at least be brought in by an NFL team, and being drafted is not completely out of the question. As far as younger players that have the potential to play at the next level, Max Smith, Avery Williamson, and Bud Dupree will all play on Sundays at some point in the future.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

16 Comments for Could the 2013 NFL Draft be full of Cats?

  1. Mudcreekmark
    8:06 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Damn, according to this we should go undefeated next year.

  2. me
    8:15 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Answer: No

  3. I'm confused
    8:22 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Two things
    1. Rajon Rondo is definitely some relation to Brittney Griner
    2. Assuming a bunch of underclass players from UK will play on Sunday is not a safe bet (however u did not include or mention what they would be playing.. So maybe it is safe)

  4. BTI
    8:26 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Could we get a bunch of people drafted? Maybe, but we will still suck until we make some institutional changes.

  5. trustincal
    8:33 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    who really give s#$t? Please can we stick with basketball only.

  6. M. Vick
    8:40 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    It’s awfully presumptive to project Max Smith as someone who will play on Sundays after playing less than half of his Freshman year. I’m pretty sure many were just as high on Morgan Newton at the same stage Max is at right now; look how that turned out.

  7. lebsdad
    8:46 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Sure Cal gets multiple players in every draft… oh wait NFL? Hàaaahaaa lol no.

  8. smoking crack
    8:53 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    You are definitely high on something. What are you on Rashawn? It’s not good for you. Better get off that stuff.

  9. Nutter Butter
    9:34 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Absolute stud? Pfffft. Right.

  10. serious?
    9:47 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    hahahahaha. ahahahaha

  11. Stanley Roberts
    11:00 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Pure glass, brah.

  12. really.....
    11:39 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    thought ksr didnt use crazy headlines to get hits. b/c, you know, that’s what hacks do

  13. OBCatsFan
    1:25 am May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Quit being so negative on football. It is still the University of Kentucky. Cheer your school on no matter what the sport. This year is an important year for our football program. Cheer them on.

  14. emlang08
    7:53 am May 10, 2012 Permalink

    #13 I agree – I suffer through every game on Saturdays, for Better or worse – last five years have given us a little bit of the better! Come on guys #weareUK and we beat Tenn with a WR who was not even a good WR. This year will be our best in Many at the WR position!


  15. jaws2
    8:19 am May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Paaalleeeeeaaaassseee!! I don’t know what the guy was drinking that wrote this at WildcatBlueNation, but I’d like to get some. We’ve been listening to the same for years and it practically never shows up on Saturdays. Cobble is waaaay overrated and gets pushed around a lot. Rumph is always injured, and forget about Ukwu. Until Joker is gone UK football does not exist.

  16. Cognitive Dissonance
    12:29 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder how many of these comments come from people who spoke out loudly against those who based that bayesketbawl kid for not choosing UK. Of course, Matt sent out a nice tweet calling the fans out for doing that, but will happily allow internet retards to bash kids who actually play for UK. UK sports: “Our fans will love you, unless you don’t have a good game, don’t choose to play for UK, or play football. In any of those cases, they will ridicule you mercilessly. Best fans in America!”