By Mark Pierce
There were more than a few skeptics last year when Mike Shanahan and company spent three mid rounds picks on players from the same team, the University of Nebraska. Not a terribly glamorous place to draft from these days, if you take the opinion of some. Ultimately, those players all made the team.
Niles Paul is switching to tight end, Roy Helu had an excellent rookie campaign, and DeJon Gomes is improving in the defensive backfield. For anyone keeping count, it’s a veritable Cornhusker landslide.
This year the Redskins continued what might be considered a pattern of drafting from midwest university programs, when they took two Iowa Hawkeyes, guard Adam Gettis in the fifth round and safety Jordan Bernstine in the seventh. Statistically, players such as these are long-shots to make any NFL team. If last season is any indicator though, Coach Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen tend to draft the kind of character guys who will plug right in to the existing organization. They are to be congratulated for that.
It makes me wonder if the person scouting the midwest college teams has the coaches or someone else’s ear when it comes to making a compelling case for taking a certain player. Who is that masked man?