Kentucky had zero players taken in the 2017 NFL Draft. Only one Wildcat was projected to be selected and Jon Toth never heard his name called. Prognostications were all over the place for the center. Starting in the 3rd round all the way through 7 and further, analysts varied in their assessment of the center that started 47 consecutive college games.
The Toth situation was surprising and somewhat discouraging. A team captain, 1st Team All SEC selectee, and Rimington Trophy Watch Lister checked all the blocks to be selected; but that didn’t happen. The knock on Toth was that he lacked elite athletic skills. But, production, leadership, intangibles, and consistency were all through the roof, but not enough.
In addition, the center position is a tricky evaluation and several in the league rose from the ranks of the undrafted. A former 2-star prospect; Toth will need to prove himself all over again on the professional level. Don’t feel sorry for Jon Toth. The Indy native took advantage of a free education and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Boom Williams declared for the draft immediately after the Taxslayer Bowl. Most likely that decision was made long before Jacksonville. Only ESPN’s Mel Kiper had Williams slated within the parameters of being chosen with every other analyst having him ranked outside the Top 300 list of draft eligible players.
Revisionist history will say that the junior running back should have returned to Lexington for his senior season. He could have been a catalyst for an offense that exploded onto the national rushing category scene in 2016 and completed his degree while improving on skills that could have boosted his status in the 2018 Draft. Like Toth, Boom will get a chance to prove his worth.
Undrafted free agency for all. Phones are most likely already ringing as teams will be attempting to sign Toth, Williams, McWilson, Harmon, and others.
2018 may see Wildcats drafted. If so, expect potential early departures from Jordan Jones and Mike Edwards. Again, a disappointing process for the BBN.
It’s not personal, it’s personnel.