After an quiet first round of the NFL Draft, the Arizona State Sun Devils made their presence felt on Friday night.
Quarterback Brock Osweiler was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round, 57th overall, becoming the earliest drafted Sun Devil since Zach Miller went 59th overall in 2007. It's a great fit for both player and team, and we'll have more on this in the coming days and weeks.
However, there are several other former Sun Devils that will follow Osweiler's NFL footsteps today, as the NFL Draft wraps up with round four through seven. Let's take a look at each of the hopefuls.
The first Sun Devil to hear his name almost certainly will be cornerback Omar Bolden. Since tearing his ACL last April, he has worked hard in his rehab, and appears to have regained the speed and agility that combined with his outstanding coverage ability to make him a unanimous first team All-Pac 10 player in 2010. He made a number of visits with top teams and will be a great addition wherever he lands. Full Draft Profile
Wide receiver Gerell Robinson made a number of pre-draft visits and seems very likely to be drafted today. At 6'3", 227 pounds, he offers teams a big bodied target, a good run blocker and a solid work ethic. That should be enough to offset less than elite speed. Full Draft Profile
Center Garth Gerhart is in play for a team looking to add interior offensive line depth in the later rounds. Despite being on the smaller-side at "just" 305 pounds, Gerhart has good strength, intelligence, leadership and the ability to play guard that should appeal to a zone-blocking team. Full Draft Profile
Vontaze Burfict. Well, well, well. His immense talent is only surpassed by the list of red flags, ranging from laziness, no personal accountability, questions about his coverage ability...and a failed drug test. Nevertheless, NFL coaches are an egotistical bunch, and some may think they can resurrect the impact player from 2010. Full Draft Profile
Offensive lineman Dan Knapp has gone from afterthought to possible draftee due to an impressive offseason. He has added over 25 pounds, and had a very impressive Pro Day performance to enter into the late rounds discussion. With his strength and agility, he could be another player attractive to zone-blocking teams. Full Draft Profile
Wide receiver Aaron Pflugrad has garnered a lot of attention this offseason with some very impressive workout numbers. With those surprising showings, combined with very good intangibles, he could find himself getting a phone call after the draft for a priority free agent contract. Full Draft Profile
Safety Clint Floyd has a long uphill battle to hear his name called due to below average size, speed and coverage ability, but he's a hard worker, a good tackler and good earn a spot as a special teams performer and developmental back-up safety. Full Draft Profile
Linebackers Shelly Lyons and Colin Parker, wide receiver Mike Willie and safety Eddie Elder are extreme long shots to get drafted, and their chances of catching on with a team after the draft are also small.
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