We should have already had the NFL draft by now, but since we haven't, we have more time to idly speculate talk about players we have inherent bias toward and how we think they should be drafted. Some of us even have pro teams we fantasize selecting our former college stars.
This is feels like a unique year for Mizzou football prospects because the team went 12-2 and pretty much destroyed everyone not named Auburn and defiantly proved they belonged vs the top talent in the SEC. Teams that good are usually stocked with future NFL players.
Mizzou is sending a variety of players to the NFL, many at key positions such as DE, WR and undrafted QB. The fun part of that is that variety means there's a chance for many to find homes in the league. The not fun part is many of them may go late in the draft because they don't fit ideal size/speed/production stereotypes NFL GMs and coaches look for and they are competing against a host of other college players yearning for the same chance.
I know we all want nothing but the best for Henry Josey, but the position of running back has been drastically devalued lately unless you're a once in a decade athlete like Adrian Peterson.
I know many people feel very strongly about Michael Sam and if he can translate his multi-sack games into consistent production in the NFL.
I know L'Damian Washington is a popular late round pick for teams needing a deep threat, high character guy to bolster their WR corps.
The Last Shot " L'Damian Washington
I know E.J. Gaines can be a starter in pros based on his tenacious attitude, speed, and abilities as a zone defender.
We know Justin Britt was a solid left tackle for Mizzou and has all the size you'd love to see, but many think he'd have to move inside to make it in the NFL
Beside the obvious choice of Kony Ealy, who has fluctuated between being a top 10 pick to being an early second rounder based on team needs, who do we feel are locks to be drafted and where?
Mizzou Players in the 2014 NFL Draft
|*Kony Ealy||DE||rJR||Carolina Panthers
|E. J. Gaines||CB||SR||St. Louis Rams||Pick #188||LINK||5-10||190|
|Justin Britt||LT||rSR||Seattle Seahawks||Pick #64||LINK||6-6||325|
I'll update each player as they are selected.