April 25, 2013
It's likely that Kentucky will only have one player selected in this weekend's NFL Draft, but there are still other players for UK fans to keep an eye on. The Wildcats' new coaching staff has plenty of players who will start their NFL careers this weekend.
Here's a look:
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (Mark Stoops, D.J. Eliot) - German led the ACC with 13 sacks this year. Should go in bottom half of first round.
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State (Mark Stoops) - Good size and measurables for three-year starter for Seminoles. Should go mid-to-late first round.
Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State (Mark Stoops, D.J. Eliot) - Had 11 sacks last year, but tore ACL late in season and missed much of draft evaluation process. Likely second rounder.
Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State (Mark Stoops, D.J. Eliot) - Would have been a second rounder last year if he had gone. Stayed and suffered a Lisfranc injury, but could go in second round anyway.
Anthony McCloud, DT, Florida State (Mark Stoops) - Doesn't show great burst, but eats up space well and could fit in a 3-4. Might be a second day pick.
LaAdrian Waddle, OT, Texas Tech (Neal Brown) - Prototypical size and good athleticism at tackle, but will need to adjust to pro game. Could go some time on second day of draft.
Ben Cotton, TE, Nebraska (Vince Marrow) - Son of Nebraska's offensive line coach is a very good blocker, but doesn't have athleticism of many NFL tight ends. Might go as early as 3rd or 4th round.
Everett Dawkins, DT, Florida State (Mark Stoops) - Explosive athlete with good size needs to brush up on fundamentals. Could be drafted sometime on Saturday.
Greg Reid, CB, Florida State (Mark Stoops) - Tore ACL before last season, eventually dismissed from FSU. Good returner could add depth in coverage, but lots of question marks.
Nick Moody, LB, Florida State (Mark Stoops) - Once started at safety for Seminoles, but wasn't as productive at linebacker. If he's drafted, it'll be late.