The National Football League concluded their annual college player draft with rounds four through seven being completed today. After the pick of LaMichael James last night, three Oregon Ducks were drafted into the NFL today.
The first Duck to be drafted was linebacker Josh Kaddu. Kaddu was drafted with the 20th pick in the fifth round which was the 155th pick overall by the Miami Dolphins. Kaddu, listed at 6’3” and 239 lbs., had 50 tackles and 6.5 sacks as a senior last season. The nfl.com draft profile says his athleticism is one of his major strengths along with the ability to cover tight ends which is very important in the AFC East. The Dolphins will look for Kaddu to cover the likes of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots and Dustin Keller of the New York Jets.
Kaddu’s teammate at Oregon could potentially have to block him as a rival in the AFC East. Offensive linemen Mark Asper was the next Duck to get drafted. Asper was chosen with the eighth pick in the sixth round (178th overall) by the Buffalo Bills. Asper played both guard and tackle for the Ducks but looks to stick at guard in the NFL with his 6’6” 319 lb. frame. Asper joins former Duck defensive back Jairus Byrd as a Bill.
The final Oregon Duck to join the NFL was tight end David Paulson. Paulson joins one of the most popular franchises in the NFL as he was picked by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 33rd pick in the seventh round (240th overall). The 6’3” 245 lb. Paulson caught 31 passes for 438 yards and six touchdowns his final season in Eugene. He becomes the third tight end listed on the Steelers roster behind Heath Miller and Weslye Saunders.
As of now there is no word if Darron Thomas or Cliff Harris have signed as undrafted free agents with any teams.
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Tags: Aaron Hernandez Buffalo Bills Cliff Harris Darron Thomas David Paulson Dustin Keller Heath Miller Jairus Byrd Josh Kaddu LaMichael James Mark Asper Miami Dolphins New England Patriots New York Jets Pittsburgh Steelers Rob Gronkowski San Francisco 49ers Weslye Saunders