With the NFL Draft set to take place this Thursday, several former Wildcats are about to have their dreams of playing in the NFL potentially realized.
One player certain to be drafted and likely have a productive NFL career is offensive guard Larry Warford. The mammoth lineman showed he has the strength and technique to block elite SEC defensive players during his 4 seasons at UK. Many of this year’s and past year’s first round SEC defenders have gone one-on-one with Warford at some point, and he’s more than held his own against them.
Still, offensive guard isn’t a highly-valued position, and while most scouts believe he’s the third or fourth best guard in this draft, he probably won’t be drafted until the mid-late second round at best. He shouldn’t last beyond the third-round.
As for other potential UK draftees, wide receiver LaRod King, center Matt Smith, and safety Martavius Neloms are all projected as seventh round-undrafted prospects. It’s likely only one Wildcat gets drafted this year, but there should be at least four rookie Wildcats who are part of training camp rosters.