Published March 14, 2013 - 4:25pm
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The Commodores look to add another former player in running back Zac Stacy to the NFL Draft next month. Stacy is projected to land somewhere in the fifth to seventh rounds.
Eight former Vanderbilt players have been drafted in the last five years. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
Casey Hayward, Packers (2nd round)
Tim Fugger, Colts (7th round)
No players drafted
Myron Lewis, Buccaneers (3rd round)
Thomas Welch, Patriots (7th round)
DJ Moore, Bears (4th round)
Chris Williams, Bears (1st round)
Earl Bennett, Bears (3rd round)
Jonathan Goff, Giants (5th round)
Best Player: Even to this day, Earn Bennett remains one of my favorite college receivers of all time. Excelling at an under-the-radar school not known for producing big-time NFL players, Bennett has made a splash in the NFL, racking up 153 catches for 2,034 yards and eight touchdowns in five years. His best year came in 2009 when he registered 54 catches for 717 yards and two touchdowns. However, Casey Hayward is quickly emerging as the Commodores’ best NFL player for the Packers. He’ll be a top corner in the league before his time is up.
Most Disappointing Pro: Former first-round pick Chris Williams is one of the many Bears draft busts. Williams was tabbed as the Bears left tackle of the future, but he never really lived up to the billing. Ironically, Williams’ best years came as a left guard in 2010 and 2011. He now plays for the St. Louis Rams.
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