Monday, April 28, 2003

Were there really 12 QBs better than Ken Dorsey?



By CARL KOTALA
Florida Today

Miami's Ken Dorsey wasn't picked until the seventh round at No. 241 - the 13th and final quarterback taken overall. What's puzzling about that is some of the guys who were taken above him.

Gibran Hamdan of Indiana, selected at No. 232 by Washington, is a better baseball player than he is a quarterback. Drew Henson, drafted in the sixth round (192) by Houston, has a big baseball contract that forbids him to play football and he's not likely to give up the big paycheck even if he is struggling in the minors. Seneca Wallace, a fourth-rounder by Seattle (110), is a great athlete but had a disappointing season and may be switched to wide receiver.

Dorsey, whose arm strength has always been a concern, actually ended up in a decent spot. He's originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Niners backups are Tim Rattay and Cade McNown - or is that frick and frack? All Dorsey has done is win at the college level. He deserves a shot.

By the numbers

The SEC continued to lead the pack for producing pros. There were 43 SEC players selected this year, which is the second most by a league during the past six seasons. There were 47 taken in the last year's NFL Draft. The last time the SEC did not lead in total number of selections was in 1997.

This year's top 10:

1.) SEC: 43; 2.) Big Ten: 36; 3.) Big 12: 35; 4.) Pac-10: 29; 5.) Big East: 23; 6.) ACC: 17; 7.) Independent non-conference: 14; 8.) Conference USA: 13; 9.) Western Athletic: 10; 10.) Mid-American: 9.

Draft day misses

Here's a list of the top 10 players who weren't drafted on Saturday or Sunday: 1.) Brad Banks, QB, Iowa; 2.) Jason Gesser, QB, Washington State; 3.) Cecil Sapp, RB, Colorado State; 4.) Earnest Graham, RB, Florida; 5.) Kassim Osgood, WR, San Diego State; 6.) Terrence Edwards, WR, Georgia; 7.) Chris Clemons, LB, Georgia; 8.) Curt Anes, QB, Grand Valley State; 9.) Reshard Lee, RB, Middle Tennessee State; 10.) Ronald Bellamy, WR, Michigan.

Bears love Florida

Steve Spurrier may be known for taking chances on ex-Florida players, but the Chicago Bears turned out to be the big Gator lovers this weekend. After taking QB Rex Grossman in the first round Saturday, the Bears picked three Florida players - S Todd Johnson, DT Tron Lafavor and DT Ian Scott -on Day 2.

Weathersby's chance

Oregon State CB Dennis Weathersby had been projected as a possible first-round selection before he was shot in the back Easter Sunday in his hometown of Duarte, Calif.

The incident will wind up costing Weathersby a lot of money after he fell to the first pick of the fourth round on Sunday. The Cincinnati Bengals, who said the 6-1, 204-pound cornerback should be ready for the start of training camp, could have a big-time player on their hands.

They're also confident that the incident, which is believed to be gang-related, was a random act of violence and that Weathersby was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"We checked it out medically as well as the criminal element and are satisfied," Bengals defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said.

Mr. Irrelevant

It's become one of the best parts of the final day of the draft - waiting to see who the final player taken in the draft will be. This year, it really hit the mark. Ryan Hoag, a 6-2, 197-pound receiver, was selected at No. 262 by Oakland. Hoag is from that football factory, Gustavus-Adolphus. But believe it or not, he could be a sleeper.

Line of the day

Miami Dolphins draft pick J.R. Tolver, who was taken with the 169th pick in the fifth round, was asked what it was like sitting at home and watching the draft picks go by.

"You know, the funny thing about that is my dad walked into the room and said, 'I feel like I'm in the delivery room right now.' And that's exactly what it felt like," Tolver said. "It's just so much stress. Every single pick, you look at people that go in front of you and you think, 'Wow, I'm a better than that guy."'




NFL DRAFT
A lifetime lived in 8 days
Day Two sees team turn focus to defense
Team adds fullback to mix
2 more Bearcats selected in draft
Five Buckeyes headed to NFL
Winners and losers in 2003 draft
Were there really 12 QBs better than Ken Dorsey?
Colts say draft went according to plan
With McGahee pick, Bills start new soap opera
Giants bolster defense through draft
Texans select Drew Henson
2003 NFL Draft selections
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