Rutgers in NFL: 2010 Draft Edition
A handful of former Scarlet Knights were either taken in the draft or signed as undrafted free agents. Anthony Davis was the first Rutgers alum selected this season.
A sign that the Rutgers football program has continued to grow and improve was seen last Thursday. For the first time in the programs history, two Scarlet Knights were chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft. Three former Rutgers players were chosen in this years draft and a few others have already signed undrafted free agents contracts. Through the past four years, 13 Rutgers players have been drafted by the NFL. That is tied for the most in the Big East during that span.
Anthony Davis, T, 11th overall by San Francisco 49ers.
The big offensive tackle became the highest drafted player in Rutgers history when the San Francisco 49ers traded up with the Denver Broncos to take Davis with the 11th pick overall. The 6’5 323 pounder was the third offensive tackle taken in this years draft. It would not surprise me if Davis steps right into the line this season as a rookie. He will team up with fellow 2010 draft pick Mike Iupati, a guard and young tackle Joe Staley. The trio could be the framework for one of the NFL’s best offensive lines in a couple years.
Devin McCourty, CB, 27th overall by New England Patriots
Mr. Everything for Rutgers last season could immediately help in the Patriots seconday as well as special teams. Rutgers fans know just what McCourty can do, everything. He is a tough player that brings leadership as well as speed. McCourty became a first round prospect after running a 4.42 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine. He should fit into the Patriots scheme very well from the get go.
Ryan D’Imperio, LB, 237th overall by Minnesota Vikings
D’Imperio is a guy that loves to hit people. A physical player that will not be out worked. A linebacker in college for Rutgers, the Vikings drafted him as a fullback. D’Imperio last played the fullback position in high school but says it is similar to the linebacker spot. A position in which blocking and collisions are the norm, D’Imperio should be able to make the adjustment.
Undrafted Free Agents
WR Tim Brown – New York Giants. As a Giants fan, I love this signing. Many teams stayed away from Brown due to his small size. I love his speed, but I also think he could contribute as a pass catcher. This is a guy that plays hard and will work extremely hard to prove people wrong. Wouldn’t be surprised if he pushes Moss off the roster.
FB Jack Corcoran – Houston Texans
OL Kevin Haslam – Jacksonville Jaguars.