The 2014 NFL Draft has come and gone. It was far from what was expected, as many prospects fell and some rose to places they were not expected to. For former Kentucky Wildcats, however, this event is usually something that is not looked forward to. The talent has really never been there, so getting to the next level has been more the exception than the norm. With the arrival of Mark Stoops, however, this was all expected to change. The first of these changes could be seen in the fifth round, when Avery Williamson being selected by the Tennessee Titans. He is the first player for Mark Stoops to be drafted, with many more expected in the years to come.
Next season, barring any unforeseen injuries or other happenings, Kentucky is expected to have at least two players go in the seven-round event. Those two players, Alvin “Bud” Dupree and Za’Darius Smith, are the anchors of the defensive line and an absolute headache for opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks. Of course, they might not be the only two with a chance at their dreams in the NFL after next season. In fact, two players from this years team have already signed on with teams as UFA. Mister Cobble is now with the Denver Broncos and Donte Rumph went to the Atlanta Falcons.
If those two can find there way on the final roster for a team, Mark Stoops will already have sent three players to the NFL while at Kentucky. And those three players came off a 2-10 team, something that is an impressive feat. This is an exciting prospect for recruits to see, as it truly shows how good this staff is at developing talent and helping these young kids reach their ultimate dreams. With this free advertising, don’t expect the talent to stop rolling in, doing work at Kentucky, and then be sent off to the NFL. It’s an exciting concept, one that should continue for as long as Stoops is there, and one that Avery Williamson blazed the way for.