Just jumping in? Here are the previous rounds of the Missouri Tigers Football Draft:
Welcome, Tiger fans, to #PeakOffseasonContent. Despite a lack of championships, the Missouri Football Tigers have had some excellent players throughout the years, both at the college and professional levels. There have been excellent ambassadors on and off the field, as well as some that changed the program or revolutionized a position. So what better time than now to draft a hypothetical team of these exquisite athletes?
BK and I will build a team of 22 starters (sorry, specialists!) to craft a team to play against the other. For simplicity’s sake, we’re limiting our selections to guys who played on the 2000 team going forward, including the current roster in 2020. Each Round will alternate who goes first and we’ll provide our reasonings/explanations/defense afterwards.
At the end, you all will be able to vote for who you think has the best team! And of course, we’d love to hear your picks for each round as well and why we are dumdums who don’t know what we’re talking about.
Round IX, Pick 17: BK selects LB Kentrell Brothers
This might be a bit high for Brothers, but I think he would have a far greater legacy if the 2015 team had an offense that could score the football. Brothers was legitimately one of the best linebackers in the country in ‘15. He had a knack of knowing where the ball was going before the play ever developed. His film study was on a different level. His play recognition was top-notch.
The results are hard to argue with: First Team All-SEC, led the nation in tackles & became the first player under Gary Pinkel to post seven consecutive double-digit tackle games. He did it all in 2015: 12 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 2 INT, 3 blocked kicks. I typically poo-poo tackles as a meaningful stat because they can be skewed depending on the official statistician on any given day. That wasn’t the case for Brothers. He’s the only SEC player in the last 20 years with at least 150 tackles. That means a little something to me.
I also can’t help but love the idea of Brothers playing next to Sean Weatherspoon. I’m not sure you could have two linebackers at the collegiate level with more complementary styles than Brothers and Spoon.
Kentrell Brothers is one of the better Mizzou defenders of the last 20 years. Welcome to the squad!
Round 1: QB Chase Daniel
Round 2: LB Sean Weatherspoon
Round 3: WR Jeremy Maclin
Round 4: DE Aldon Smith
Round 5: CB E.J. Gaines
Round 6: DE Markus Golden
Round 7: WR Justin Gage
Round 8: RB Henry Josey
Round 9: LB Kentrell Brothers
Round IX, Pick 18: Nate selects WR Dorial Green-Beckham
Look...I know you can’t discuss Green-Beckham’s Mizzou legacy without discussing the legal issues. The getting caught smoking weed in a parking lot thing? Incredibly dumb and reckless, but it wasn’t hurting anybody, so whatever. The unlawful entry and pushing a woman down the stairs? Indefensible. There’s a reason he was kicked off the team and I hope every coach that is in charge of the Missouri program makes the same decision whenever something likes this happens.
There’s also a reason why he was on the team in the first place, and why his recruitment was such a big deal. His backstory was full of tragedy— a series of horrible experiences that he was able to overcome with natural ability. Yet no Missouri high school player demanded as much national attention as Green-Beckham, the nation’s number one high school recruit of 2012. The fact that Missouri got him was incredible; what he did in 2013 was equally breathtaking.
59 catches, nearly 900 yards, 12 touchdowns, and stretches of time where he was absolutely unstoppable. Arkansas State. Kentucky. Auburn. When DGB was on his game no defensive back in the country could stop him. That sort of size, speed, and aggression was what made him such a unique talent. Those same traits lead him to make some terrible decisions off the field and put people’s lives at risk.
So, yes, I am adding a flawed athlete to the team, one who was not allowed to continue his career and education at Missouri, and one who did not hold up his end of the bargain of being a good ambassador, or person, while on campus. But for his on-field talents? Few could match.