A trio on day two

It took six rounds and almost 20 hours until the first Oregon State player was taken in the 2005 NFL Draft. The Detriot Lions used their fifth pick to select defensive end Bill Swancutt in the sixth round. Quarterback Derek Anderson was picked up by Balitmore also in the sixth while offensive lineman Doug Nienhuis went to Seattle in the eighth.

"I was real happy," Swancutt said after being drafted by the Lions. "I was sitting around waiting for my name to hopefully be called - it finally came." (Link: Quotes from Swancutt)

The Oregon native will be playing with former Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington and former USC defensive end Shaun Cody, whom he shared 2005 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors with. Swancutt will report to Detroit this weekend where he will participate in a mini-camp for rookies and veterans Friday through Sunday.

When asked if he was disappointed in that he didn't go earlier he replied, "I just want a chance to play at the next level. That's what I'm looking forward to doing - going out there and working as hard as I can.

"I think that I'm a hardworking, relentless type of a player. I'm not the flashiest player but I have a high motor. I just constantly get after the quarterback and never take a play off."

Head coach Steve Mariccui thinks Swancutt could one of the hidden gems of the draft calling the end "relentless." (Link: Lions fans discuss Swancutt)

"There were probably some Pro Bowl players drafted today," Mariucci said after Detriots final selection. "They're just not the household names like (Saturday's) were."

Anderson was the only quarterback selected in the sixth round and according the the Ravens official site is already the team's third string quarterback with a good chance to make the team.

“He’s not a scrambler per se, but he can move around,” Ravens head coach Brian Billick said. “He’s a good athlete. He’s got a big arm. Physically isn’t the question, it’s more the mental aspect of the game that needs work." (Link: Ravens fans talk about Anderson)

Anderson will join former Beaver defensive tackle Dwan Edwards in Baltimore shortly.

Nienhuis was the second to last pick just missing being labled Mr. Irrelevant. (Link: Quotes from Nienhuis)

"I’m pretty happy I am not Mr. Irrelevant, because I hear they do a whole parade for them at like Disneyland or something," Nienhuis said. "I’m just happy to be picked up."

Cornerback Brandon Browner signed with the Denver Broncos and safety Mitch Meeuwsen signed with the Miami Dolphins Sunday evening.



  • Ten OSU football players have been drafted in the last three years.

  • Swancutt is the third defensive linemen from OSU selected in the Draft over the last three years, joining Edwards (2nd/Ravens/04) and James Lee (5th/Packers/03).

  • Anderson is the first quarterback from Oregon State to be drafted since Erik Wilhelm was a third round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1989.

  • Nienhuis is the first offensive lineman from OSU to be drafted since Mitch White was a sixth round selection of the New Orleans Saints in 2001.


Anaylsis from the Experts

Pat Kirwan's of NFL.com on Swancutt:
Might have had the most sacks in college football in this draft. He had 38 sacks over his career. He runs a 5.0 flat, but he's got pass rush skills. If you go by the numbers, you won't like him. But if you go by the film, you're seeing a guy who can get to the quarterback at the college level. The Lions did good with this pick.


Gil Brandt's of NFL.com on Anderson:
Anderson is the first player in high school history from Oregon to be Player of the Year in football and basketball. He has a cannon for an arm. He has to go to a dropback passing team. He has okay speed. If you need someone to throw downfield, he's got great arm strength. He looked pretty good in the East-West Shrine Game.


Scott Eklund of SeaHawks.net on Nienhuis:
Durable three-year starter who never missed a game in his college career. High-character player who has excellent size and overall strength. Nienhuis lacks the athleticism necessary to play on the outside at the NFL level and will probably get a shot inside. He will probably never be a starter, but may turn out to be a solid backup at the pro level.

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