How did the local boys do in the NFL draft 2013? Here’s how…



In the local big splash of the draft, Eric Fisher, OT, from Central Michigan University goes #1 overall to the Kanas City Chiefs. Congrats to him. I recall someone on some network – I am on draft coverage overload – saying that this is the highest MAC player ever drafted by far, but I can find absolutely no citation for that fact.

He is the only player from any of the directional schools – Western, Central or Eastern – drafted in the entire draft. He is also not only a local college player, but also grew up in Rochester, MI.

And now onto the bigger schools…

Michigan State had three players drafted:

  • LeVeon Bell, RB, in the second round (48 overall) to the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was a little higher than I thought he would go, but he will be a good fit with the Steelers and will get a shot to start right away. I mean, have you seen the Steelers depth chart at running back?
  • Dion Sims, TE, in the fourth round (106 overall) to the Miami Dolphins. 7th TE taken in the draft. He is the 5th TE on the Dolphins depth chart so he may have his work cut out for him.
  • William Gholston, DE, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round (126 overall). He is a helluva ball player. I would have liked to have seen him come back for his final year of eligibility and improve his draft stock.

Michigan Wolverines had two players drafted:

  • Denard Robinson, WR (or not…?), to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round (135 overall). Interesting pick here, mostly because sources (NBC Sports) are saying the Jags will play him at tailback even though he worked out and was drafted as a WR. Anyone who drafted him intends for him to be a special teams player no doubt, but tailback? Isn’t he a little small to be an NFL tailback?
  • William Campbell, DT, sixth round to the New York Jets (178 overall). I mostly feel sorry for him because he got drafted by the Jets.

Three interesting notes about this NFL draft 2013:

  1. The Wolverines had two players drafted. Likewise, Appalachian State had two players drafted: Sam Martin, P, fifth round to our Lions in an oft criticized pick and Demetrius McCray, CB, to the Jags in the seventh round. I am required to mention this by sports karma, as any possible comparisons between the two schools is forever mandatory. Citation: September 1, 2007.
  2. I don’t know what this says about me, but Geno Smith’s entire first round, painfully uncomfortable wait was friggin’ hilarious to me.
  3. The only bad thing about the draft is that we have to listen to Mel Kiper. That dude has to retire soon…right? But there was a large amount of jokes made at Mel Kiper’s expense this year, so that make it a little better.


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