No Cats drafted

For the first time in a long time no Wildcat football players were selected in the NFL Draft. Three Wildcats had held hopes of being selected in the seven round selection process, but now they will have to scramble for free agent deals before mini-camps begin in the next few weeks.

The Wildcats had no underclassmen declare but a handful of seniors had legitimate shots at getting selected. In the end no NFL GM's deemed a Wildcat worthy of selection. As many as six Wildcats could wind up in camps.

Corner back Jermaine Chatman had the best shot at getting selected. After a fair season Chatman boosted his stock by having a very solid showing in the all star games and had very solid numbers at the combine.

Offensive lineman Kevin Berry has pro size but injury problems were a likely cause for concern for NFL scouts. Berry is an intriguing prospect and could latch on.

Brandon Nash was seen as a "tweener" and that was likely the reason he went undrafted. Nash began his career as a wide receiver but found a home at strong safety. Most NFL draft observers felt that he was a little slow to remain at safety in the pros, but too small to be a linebacker. With his athleticism Nash could make a roster as a special teams contributor.

Steven Grace has the ability and skills but lacks the size to play in the NFL. Earlier in the year Wildcat coach John Mackovic said that Grace could latch on with a team that traps and pulls, but more and more teams go to the zone blocking schemes that require larger linemen. Injury problems also hurt his draft stock.

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall is another player who could get a free agent deal.

The Wildcats were the only PAc-10 school not to have a player selected. Oregon, UCLA and Stanford each had six.

PAC-10 PLAYERS SELECTED IN THE 2002 NFL DRAFT:

ARIZONA STATE

NAME POS ROUND PK(OVR) TEAM
LEVI JONES OT 1 10(10) Cincinnati
SCOTT PETERS C 4 26(124) Philadelphia
TRAVIS SCOTT OG 4 32(130) St. Louis
KYLE KOSIER OG 7 37(248) San Francisco

CALIFORNIA

NAME POS ROUND PK(OVR) TEAM
LANGSTON WALKER OT 2 21(53) Oakland
SCOTT FUJITA OLB 5 8(143) Kansas

OREGON

NAME POS ROUND PK(OVR) TEAM
JOEY HARRINGTON QB 1 3(3) Detroit
MAURICE MORRIS RB 2 22(54) Seattle
RASHAD BAUMAN CB 3 14(79) Washington
JUSTIN PEELLE TE 4 5(103) San Diego
WESLEY MALLARD OLB 6 16(188) NY Giants
STEVE SMITH DB 7 35(246) Jacksonville

OREGON STATE

NAME POS ROUND PK(OVR) TEAM
JAMES ALLEN OLB 3 17(82) New Orleans

STANFORD

NAME POS ROUND PK(OVR) TEAM
CLEVAN "TANK" WILLIAMS S 2 13(45) Tennessee
COY WIRE S 3 32(97) Buffalo
RANDY FASANI QB 5 2(137) Carolina
BRIAN ALLEN RB 6 32(204) Indianapolis
ERIC HEITMANN OG 7 28(239) San Francisco
ZACK QUACCIA C 7 44(255) Tampa Bay

UCLA

NAME POS ROUND PK(OVR) TEAM
ROBERT THOMAS MLB 1 31(31) St. Louis
DeSHAUN FOSTER RB 2 2(34) Carolina
MARQUES ANDERSON S 3 27(92) Green Bay
KENYON COLEMAN DE 5 12(147) Oakland
BRYAN FLETCHER TE 6 38(210) Chicago
JEFF GRAU ST 7 19(230) Washington

USC

NAME POS ROUND PK(OVR) TEAM
KRIS RICHARD CB 3 20(85) Seattle
CHRIS CASH CB 6 3(175) Detroit

WASHINGTON

NAME POS ROUND PK(OVR) TEAM
JERRAMY STEVENS TE 1 28(28) Seattle
LARRY TRIPPLETT DT 2 10(42) Indianapolis
OMARE LOWE DB 5 26(161) Miami

WASHINGTON STATE

NAME POS ROUND PK(OVR) TEAM
RAONALL SMITH OLB 2 6(38) Minnesota
LAMONT THOMPSON S 2 9(41) Cincinnati


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