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Former Cats getting NFL Draft buzz

While Mike Edwards and the Buccaneers are hours away from taking on the reigning champs in Super Bowl LV, many NFL players are already looking forward to the offseason; most notably the incoming rookie class. Prospects are doing everything they can to raise their draft stock between now and late April, several of whom are former Wildcats.

Center Drake Jackson had an impressive showing at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, so much so that Jim Nagy, the event’s Executive Director, shot this message out to his 62K Twitter followers.

Yes, you read that right: Jackson separated his shoulder on the second snap of the game. He then proceeded to finish the game.

Something you always hear coaches say they look for in offensive lineman is a “bulldog mentality.” I can’t think of anything Jackson could have done to exemplify that characteristic more than by hitting his man over and over with a bum shoulder last week.

What drives someone to push through that type of pain? James Willis put it quite simply in a reply to Nagy’s tweet:

Even local legend Kash Daniel jumped in to heap some praise on the Woodford County product.

Most mock drafts/analysts I’ve seen don’t have Jackson being selected in the first two rounds, but he seems to be a popular Day 3 selection, falling anywhere in the 3rd to the 7th round range.

Kelvin Joseph, perhaps known better as Bossman Fat, got some love from ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. on Saturday.

Kiper isn’t alone, either. NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah posted a video analyzing Joseph’s game and praised his fluidity at the position.

If there’s one thing that NFL teams love in cornerback prospects, it’s raw ability. You can’t teach size or speed, and Joseph checks both those boxes. Tack on the fact that he had a productive season with four interceptions and you’ve got the makings of a Day 1 or Day 2 selection. If UK is able to hold a pro day in the coming months, Joseph could bump his stock up even more.

There will be much more draft talk between now and April surrounding these former Cats, but it’s exciting to already see their name circulating in February.

Article written by Ty Schadt

2 Comments for Former Cats getting NFL Draft buzz

  1. KyZoneBlitz
    4:21 pm February 7, 2021 Permalink

    It’s amazing just how Great Drake Jackson really was. Playing nearly 3 years straight at center (The one OL position that doesnt get swapped in and out), Allowing only 1 sack in 3 seasons while playing atleast 8 games every year against the best DL in the country (SEC). Jackson should be Atleast a 2nd round pick, & if he had played for Bama, Ohio state, etc.. he would be, regardless of his size. I Distinctly remember a guy by the name of Jeff Saturday (Who was barely 6 ft, Maybe not even) Who played a good 10-15 years snapping the ball to Peyton Manning. They were pretty good on offense iirc, even with an “under-sized” center (Who really isnt “under-sized”, but rather just a little short. He still has the weight to play the position, weighed in around 300-310 iirc at the senior bowl. It isnt like he’s 5’10 260, then I could understand labeling him as “under-sized”.

  2. KyZoneBlitz
    4:28 pm February 7, 2021 Permalink

    Also forgot but, wanted to ask if Landon Young was getting any buzz for the Draft?.. The kid has the Perfect size for the LT position, & played it pretty well for 4 seasons (Almost wrote 4 straight seasons, but he was injured before his snr year), Also against the Beat DL & OLBs or “Edge-Rushers” (SEC) in the entire country, including Josh Allen in practice everyday, one of the Best SEC LBs/OLBs EVER.