I am glad to have you here once again on RRR, the most useless VTM’s Sunday column!
This week, I don’t want to talk about baseball, despite there’s an important series taking place in Fort Worth, It was the NFL draft week, and I’m writing this after a substantial list of undrafted free agents already found a professional team.
The Red Raiders that now have an NFL home (with the corresponding link to the dedicated VTM article) are:
- WR Keke Coutee - Houston Texans, 4th round, 103rd overall
- WR Dylan Cantrell - Los Angeles Chargers, 6th round, 191st overall
- WR Cameron Batson, UFA, Tennessee Titans
- QB Nic Shimonek, UFA, Los Angeles Chargers
- DT Mychealon Thomas, UFA, New York Jets
- WR Derrick Willies, UFA, Cleveland Browns
- RB Justin Stockton, UFA, Seattle Seahawks
The first thing we can see is there are six offensive players, alongside only one defender. This was somehow predictable, as Texas Tech is well-known for its offense rather than its defense, but there’s also to say that there were ten players that performed in the Pro Day, with only seven with some possibilities to receive a contract, and Mych was the only defender. By the way, all of these seven reached the goal: well done!
That said, I have to admit I’m surprised that only two Red Raiders were selected during the seven rounds of the draft. I didn’t have many hopes for Willies, Stockton, and Batson, but I sincerely thought that both Shimonek and Thomas could hear their names called, for various reasons, after their seasons.
If I must choose the UFA with the biggest chance to make the team after the offseason, I say he’ll be Shim, as in my opinion, he fell into a perfect situation for a young quarterback. Philip Rivers turned 36 in December and behind him, there are Geno Smith and Cardale Jones, two players which it’s difficult to count on when it comes to playing without mistakes.
But what about you? What are your feelings after three days of picks? Which Red Raiders has the strongest possibility to make it to the NFL? I’m eager to hear your comments!