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:
|TRAVIS SCOTT||OG||4||32(130)||St. Louis|
|KYLE KOSIER||OG||7||37(248)||San Francisco|
|JUSTIN PEELLE||TE||4||5(103)||San Diego|
|WESLEY MALLARD||OLB||6||16(188)||NY Giants|
|JAMES ALLEN||OLB||3||17(82)||New Orleans|
|CLEVAN "TANK" WILLIAMS||S||2||13(45)||Tennessee|
|ERIC HEITMANN||OG||7||28(239)||San Francisco|
|ZACK QUACCIA||C||7||44(255)||Tampa Bay|
|ROBERT THOMAS||MLB||1||31(31)||St. Louis|
|MARQUES ANDERSON||S||3||27(92)||Green Bay|