Six guys left in the green room

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The NFL brought a record 26 players to Radio City Music Hall for the draft.  Of the 26 players, 20 of them were drafted.

That means (math is hard) six are left.

And they are:  Stanford tight end Coby Fleener, Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn, Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill (pictured), LSU receiver Rueben Randle, Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still, and Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw.

All should be taken in the second round, but most of them surely wouldn’t have come to New York if they didn’t believe they had a great chance of being taken in the first round.  It can’t be easy sitting backstage for three hours while player after player after player gets called up and then called out to the podium.

At least there won’t be anyone hanging around all three days waiting to be drafted and then not being picked at all, like linebacker Mark Herzlich a year ago.

Then again, it worked out pretty well for Herzlich in the end.  He joined the Giants, made the team, appeared in 11 games, made two starts, and won a Super Bowl ring.

21 responses to “Six guys left in the green room

  1. Yep, the NFL is funny that way. You can have pro bowl players play an entire career and never even get to a Super Bowl yet each and every year a certain amount of rookies and street free agents get a ring. Oh the irony.

  2. yeah well on Friday April 27th 2012,

    these guys are left in the green room,

    and i’m left in this cubicle.

  3. With 27 players invited to the draft it was doubtful from the start they would all go in the first round. It’s not like it used to be with the supposed top five picks being invited to new york.

  4. I mean come on. Only Upshaw should have went, if feelings were hurt. The other guys were borderline 1st/2nd round picks that should have went into it as if it was just an experience to have.

  5. It was asked so here are the dirty dozen not at the show in the order they were drafted.

    Luke Keuchly ILB Boston College to Carolina #9

    Bruce Irvin OLB West Virginia to Seattle #15

    Chandler Jones DE Syracuse to New England #21

    Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State to Cleveland #22

    Riley Reiff OT Iowa to Detroit #23

    David DeCastro OG Stanford to Pittsburgh #24

    Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois to Houston #26

    Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin to Cincinnati #27

    Harrison Smith S Notre Dame to Minnesote #29

    A.J. Jenkins WR Illinois to San Fransisco #30

    Doug Martin RB Boise State to Tampa Bay #31

    and

    David Wilson RB Virginia Tech to New York Giants #32

  6. It should be a rule that if you are invited to the draft and you don’t get taken in the 1st round, you have to spend the night in the green room.

  7. At least ESPN wised up and didn’t embarass the guys left in the green room by focusing on them after each pick.

  8. Can’t believe miners didn’t draft Stephen Hill! Oh well I guess I will leave it to the front office to make the decisions they must know what they are doing.

  9. Why would the Steelers trade up to get an OLB (Upshaw) when they have two of the best in the league in Harrison and Woodley and have holes at CB and RB and NT?

    C’mon people, you know the Steelers don’t make emotional draft picks.

  10. @vincentbojackson …

    Of course, I know the Steelers don’t make emotional drafts. And I know Upshaw won’t get anywhere near the Steelers roster. I’m just a Bama fan who’d love to see someone from our stellar defense end up on my pro team. That wasn’t a serious post. All I’ve asked for from the get-go was an offensive lineman who was quick on his feet. DeCastro was my dream pick. He’s even exactly the same height and weight as Faneca.

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