NFL Draft Results Vanderbilt Style

Last week we looked at some projections for Vanderbilt's draft eligible seniors and took a stab at where they would be drafted. It turns out that the Draft was as volatile as ever and though projections were on the money for a couple of Commodores, there were still surprises when it came to the NFL futures of some now former Vandy players. Here is a look at what went down over the weekend.

Last week we looked at some projections for Vanderbilt's draft eligible seniors and took a stab at where they would be drafted. It turns out that the Draft was as volatile as ever and though projections were on the money for a couple of Commodores, there were still surprises when it came to the NFL futures of some now former Vandy players. Here is a look at what went down at Radio City Music Hall over the weekend.

Zac Stacy - 5th Round - St. Louis Rams

Stacy was always likely to be the first 'Dore off the board and his name was called with the 13th pick of round five which was at the high end of what the experts were predicting. The value of Stacy to the Rams was shown as St. Louis traded away both its sixth round picks to move up and grab Vanderbilt's all-time leading rusher with the 160th overall selection.

Of all the places that Stacy could have landed St. Louis is one of the most intriguing. For years the Rams running game has been dominated by Steven Jackson, but he has moved on to pastures new in Atlanta for 2013. As a result the Rams backfield is an open competition where Stacy will have the chance for immediate playing time as he fights with the likes of Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson, not exactly household names even in Missouri. One other thing to note is how Stacy is almost a shrunken clone of Steven Jackson both in body and play style. He landed in a spot where the first Vandy running back to be drafted in the modern era can really make an impact.

Ryan Seymour 7th Round - Seattle Seahawks

By the end of the pre-draft period most scouts and draftnics expected Zac Stacy to be drafted. The same cannot be said however for the second, and only other, Commodores to be taken during the seven round extravaganza. In a year when quarterbacks were at a premium most thought the only other 'Dore in the running for selection would be Jordan Rodgers, instead it was a guy who made his name protecting Rodgers and other Vandy signal callers for the last three years.

Seymour may be an unheralded and undersized interior lineman by NFL standards but the Seahawks clearly saw enough in his development to not want him to slip through to undrafted free agent status. Instead they used the 14th pick of the final round (220th overall) to take a player who led the way for Stacy's record breaking rushing numbers over the last few years. Though not expected to start right away Seymour has the quick feet and initial burst off the line that project well if he can prove able to stand up against the bigger NFL nose tackles.

Next time we will look at the landing spots of the 'Dores undrafted free agents.

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