The NFL draft begins Thursday night with the first round in prime time. The only Oregon State player with a chance to go then is DT Stephen Paea. If he doesn’t go late in the first round he’s a sure second-rounder.
“I think Stephen is going to be a great addition to whoever gets him,” coach Mike Riley said. “He’s a great player with a lot of talent. He has played only five years of football. He has a lot of stuff ahead of him. He’ll be a great pick for someone.”
RB Jacquizz Rodgers was told he was a late second or early third round pick by the NFL. He declared himself eligible, and then a ton of other underclassmen came out.
So where does that leave him? I’m guessing third or fourth round. He’ll be a great third-down back or a No. 2 back. His size won’t allow him to be a primary guy, so I don’t think teams are going to use a high pick on me.
“Quizz will go and be impressive in camp,” Riley said. “Quizz will make a team because he’s a great all-around player.”
The only other draft pick that’s likely is C Alex Linnenkohl. He’s a highly rated center who can play guard.
Outside chances at the draft are DE Gabe Miller and CB James Dockery. Free agent pickups will be LB Dwight Roberson and S Suaesi Tuimaunei.