The 2019 NFL Draft is over and four Ducks became ProDucks. As expected, all four Oregon players were drafted in the mid-to-late rounds. This is the most Ducks drafted since 2015, when NFL teams selected five Ducks, with second overall pick Marcus Mariota leading the way. Before the draft, there were 19 active Ducks on NFL rosters.
Ugo Amadi was the first Duck off the board by the Seattle Seahawks and drafted in the fourth round at No.132 overall.
READ: Also, it appears Amadi became a father today.
Next, the Denver Broncos selected Justin Hollins in the fifth round, No. 156 overall.
READ: Hollins will compete to be Denver's third pass rusher beside future Hall of Fame linebacker Von Miller and former first round pick Bradley Chubb.
The third Duck off the board was wide receiver Dillon Mitchell, who is ready to make the NFL world 'eat their words'.
With picks dwindling, the Dallas Cowboys, starving for pass-rushers, drafted Jalen Jelks with the 241st pick.
— Bri Amaranthus (@BriAmaranthus) April 27, 2019
Jelks and Mitchell went later in the draft than expected. Some teams struggled with where Jelks fits from a position standpoint because he is a bit of a "tweener", plus a lackluster NFL Combine performance added to late selection. In the case of Mitchell, the UO single season receiving yards record holder, had to compete against a 2019 receivers group full of incredible, large athletes who excel in contested catches.
Because of Mitchell's slide, many poised the question, would it have been smarter for the reciever to return to Oregon for his senior season? It'd be hard to replicate his break out junior season and another year of stats would not have improved his NFL projections much. Striking while the iron was hot and not risking injury still seems like the smarter play for a receiver who didn't have much to gain as an NFL prospect by returning.
The majority of Oregon's top NFL prospects came back for their senior season: quarterback Justin Herbert, offensive linemen Calvin Throckmorton, Jake Hansen, Shane Lemieux and linebacker Travis Dye. By the way, Herbert already is the talk of the town. The league is licking its lips at Herbert, the 6-foot-6, 235-pound passer with the powerful right arm and sneaky fast wheels.