GAINESVILLE -- Slightly off topic here. So, I was charged with writing a story for Monday's paper on the instate college football players selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. Well, it's a short list.
Can you believe that only seven college football players from instate universities were drafted this weekend? You read that correctly. Only SEVEN. Here's the list. (Keep in mind that there are seven Football Bowl Subdivision teams throughout the state.)
Percy Harvin, Florida, first round, 22nd overall, Minnesota Vikings
Everette Brown, Florida State, second round, 43rd overall, Carolina Panthers
Tyrone McKenzie, South Florida, third round, 97th overall, New England Patriots
Louis Murphy, Florida, fourth round, 124th overall, Oakland Raiders
Cornelius Ingram, Florida, fifth round, 153rd overall, Philadelphia Eagles
Joe Burnett, Central Florida, fifth round, 169th overall, Pittsburgh Steelers
Spencer Adkins, Miami, sixth round, 176th overall, Atlanta Falcons
To put this low number into perspective, consider that Florida had nine players drafted in 2007. In 2004, Miami had six players drafted ... in the first round.
So, where did all the talent go? Out west, perhaps. Southern California placed 11 players in the NFL Draft over the weekend. The University of Oregon had six players drafted, or one fewer player than the entire state of Florida combined.
Florida, the 2008 national champion, had three players drafted. (Guess that means the Gators' returning players are pretty darn good.) Florida State had one player drafted for the first time in 22 years. Miami's contribution to the NFL this weekend equaled that of Miami-Ohio.