Rutgers was one of the star universities at the 2013 NFL Draft, as the Big Ten bound school had a record seven players drafted this year. In addition, after the draft was over another five Rutgers players signed free agent contracts with NFL teams.
That is a total of 12 players from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights roster in 2012 who will be in NFL training camps in 2013. That is highly impressive, and also points out a big problem at Rutgers.
Even with 12 players who were good enough to be drafted or invited to NFL camps this season, the best that head coach Kyle Flood could do with all that talent was go 9-4 on the season. That includes disappointing losses to MAC team Kent State, a Pitt team that finished with a losing record, a loss to Louisville after being up 14-0 in a game that would have clinched a BCS bid, and a OT loss in a bowl game to Virginia Tech.
Rutgers does not have 12 NFL caliber players on its roster in 2013. What are the odds of Kyle Flood being able to improve the team this year? Zero. And Rutgers will likely be looking for a real head coach as it starts Big Ten play in 2014.
Rutgers players drafted in 2013 NFL Draft
1. Logan Ryan (CB) – 3rd round as 83rd overall pick
The New England Patriots took CB Logan Ryan in the third round with the 83rd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Logan Ryan has real talent and could start for the Patriots this season.
2. Duron Harmon (S) – 3rd round as 91st overall pick
The Patriots also took safety Duron Harmon in the third round with the 91st overall pick. Harmon is not as talented as Logan Ryan.
3. Khaseem Greene (LB) 4th round as 117th overall pick
The Chicago Bears took linebacker Khaseem Greene in the fourth round with the 117th overall pick. Greene has talent, and was projected by some as likely to go in the second round. Could be a sleeper for the Bears.
4. D.C. Jefferson (TE) – 7th round as 219th overall pick
Tight End D.C. Jefferson was taken by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round with the 219th overall pick. Jefferson was an underutilized talent at Rutgers.
5. Jawan Jamison (RB) – 7th round as 228th overall pick
The Washington Redskins took running back Jawan Jamison in the 7th round with the 228th overall pick. Jawan Jamison has great talent, his only impediment to being a regular NFL running back is his size.
6. Steve Beauharnais (LB) – 7th round as 235th overall pick
Linebacker Steve Beauharnais was taken by the Patriots in the seventh round with the 235th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Beauharnais has talent and I expect him to make the Patriots roster.
7. Marcus Cooper (CB) – 7th round as 252nd overall pick
The San Francisco 49ers took cornerback Marcus Cooper in the seventh round with the 252nd overall pick. Cooper is far less talented than Logan Ryan, but he returned punts and could stick with the 49ers because of his special teams play.
Undrafted free agents from Rutgers who signed with NFL teams
- Defensive back Brandon Jones signed with New England Patriots (4th Rutgers player with Patriots)
- Wide receiver Tim Wright signed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers (if only he didn’t drop pass vs Louisville. He won’t the make team)
- Wide receiver Keith Stroud signed with New York Jets (Stroud played for Rutgers before transferring to Bethune-Cookman)
- Wide receiver Mark Harrison signed with Chicago Bears (best chance to make NFL team from wide receivers)
- Offensive tackle R.J. Dill signs with Jacksonville Jaguars