The Kentucky football program made history in the 2021 NFL Draft. Six players were selected, the most since the draft went to seven rounds in 1994. Only seven schools had more players picked in this year’s draft.
Less than 24 hours after the action concluded in Cleveland, Vince Marrow was in an excellent mood, albeit with one exception. In an appearance on WLAP’s Sunday Morning Sports Talk, the Big Dog shared his beef with teams who passed on Drake Jackson.
“Drake for four years, definitely 3.5 years, blocked some of the best defensive linemen in the country, and excuse my language, whooped their ass,” Marrow said. “I was a little pissed, but I knew Detroit, Chris Spielman and those guys really wanted him. They just didn’t have a sixth or seventh round pick.”
Terms of Jackson’s deal with Detroit have not been disclosed, but UK’s NFL liaison expects Drake to ink a signing bonus that’s on par with other sixth and seventh round draft selections.
“I think he’s going to shock a lot of people. I bet you he makes their team. I’m very excited that he did go to Detroit.”
Jackson aside, Kentucky’s name was mentioned early and often throughout the three-day event, starting with Jamin Davis at No. 19 overall. A player that fits UK’s “Recruit and Develop” moniker, his late rise should inspire other talented prospects to join the BBN. Vince believes the upcoming recruiting class could be special.
“I can’t say kids’ names, but if you look at our class right now, it’s a top ten class. We still got probably seven more guys that are nationally ranked guys that I think we’re about to close in on,” he said before dishing out a little trash talk.
“There are some players at other schools around here, you guys can do the riddle, throwing out that we don’t put these guys in the NFL, sending em these fake ‘you’re going to get drafted today’ (graphics) and they ain’t even had a kid drafted in the last couple years. You wanna leave this state and go somewhere else, when you look in your backyard the proof is in the pudding right here. We ain’t stopped. You look on the recruiting trail, whether it’s defensive players or offensive players, now getting Liam (Coen) with this new offense I really do believe Kentucky is going to be one of the top ten places to be because we’re in the best conference in the country,” he continued.
“If you’re an in-state kid or a kid that’s in a 6-hour radius, you’d be crazy (not to come here), that’s all I’m gonna say. All you gotta do is look at the product and look at what’s happening. Don’t look at that fake stuff, people telling you pipe dreams, and then you get to that place and it’s, ‘Man, they just sold me a bad car.’ It’s like a used car salesman that went south. That’s my philosophy on that. Our product now speaks for itself.”
That product should produce more pros next year. He conservatively estimated that six more Wildcats will get selected in 2022, then rattled off a list of almost ten names. Aside from some of the obvious choices, like Wan’Dale Robinson, Marrow forecasts phenomenal final years for Marquan McCall and Josh Paschal.
“I think Josh Paschal and Marquan McCall can be one of the best tandems in the SEC on the D-line. I think Josh Paschal can move himself way up the draft boards. He could’ve came out this year and he would’ve been a fourth or fifth round guy. Josh Paschal is going to be something. We have a couple guys next year, just trust me.”