In case you missed it this past weekend, the NFL Draft took place last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The event seemed to live up to all the hype, with many interesting trades, selections and commentary occurring on ESPN and NFL Network across the weekend. Did I mention there was commentary? Lots and lots of commentary? From talking heads like Jon Gruden, Mel Kiper, Steve Mariucci and Trent Difler? Oh, I had a pleasant experience...
But now that the 2012 NFL Draft is thankfully over and all eligible rookies for this upcoming season have been properly sorted, I must say that upon further review, Purdue had an average showing at the past weekend's draft, at best.
One of the actual high points from Purdue's showing, impressively going in the 5th round at pick number 158 to the Philadelphia Eagles (only 15 picks off from my prediction of going to the Lions at 5th round, 138 overall! Damn you Riley Reiff!). Now that he is in Philly, Dennis looks to begin his career as the backup to LT Jason Peters.
Another positive aspect of Purdue's outing at the draft includes Nick Mondek, who was selected by the Houston Texans with the 195 pick overall in Round 6. Houston has some options to figure out where to place Mondek, as he has the versatility to play at Offensive Tackle, Guard and Defensive Tackle.
Fortunately, both Wiggs and Holland were still picked up by NFL teams after the completion of the draft and are now in the midst of signing rookie contracts as undrafted free agents. Wiggs is now heading to the Seattle Seahawks to hopefully kick field goals on Sundays, while Holland, a Linebacker at Purdue, has signed a contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The news broke late Saturday night as both players announced their respective signings on on their Twitter pages.
Also, other former Boilers that went undrafted were fortunate to be picked up by NFL teams as free agents: Safety Albert Evans signed with the Miami Dolphins, while Fullback Jared Crank penned a rookie contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
In addition, Wide Receiver Justin Siller did not manage to sign a rookie free agent contract last weekend, but reports claim he will receive a tryout with the Chicago Bears.
It seems that most of these players will be very happy with were they have ended up and will be ready to enter their rookie seasons healthy and focused in the coming months. I wish them much luck on their impending journeys through the NFL and all that they may accomplish during that time.
Be sure to follow these men on their respective Twitter handles: @DennisKelly68, @Mondek62, @Wiggy_Bank, @JHolla30, @Shwaggin32, and @J_SILL2.
And, as always, Boiler up!
Which of these Purdue football players picked up by NFL teams this past weekend will have the best pro football career?
Jared Crank (9 votes)
Albert Evans (16 votes)
Joe Holland (23 votes)
Dennis Kelly (127 votes)
Nick Mondek (40 votes)
Justin Siller (18 votes)
Carson Wiggs (252 votes)
485 total votes