Thursday, April 30, 2015

If Armstead Is Drafted Tonight, It's an Elk Grove First

The NFL Draft is underway with the first round tonight. Each team will have 15 minutes to make their selection which makes for some prime-time TV drama.

Former Pleasant Grove H.S. and Oregon Duck defensive end Arik Armstead is being listed as a possible first round selection. If he's taken by some NFL club tonight, that's going to be an Elk Grove first.

We've never had a football player from our community taken in the first round of a NFL Draft. All-Pro linebacker Lance Briggs from Elk Grove H.S. was a third round pick out of Arizona. That's about as high as any of our alumni have gone to the pros.

In basketball, Bill Cartwright, the man whom the school gym is named, was drafted in the first round by the New York Knicks in 1979 out of San Francisco U. Derek Hill, an EGHS baseball player, was taken last summer in the first round by the Detroit Tigers fresh off the Herd diamond.

In 2007, former Laguna Creek Cardinal Casey Weathers was the top pick of the Colorado Rockies out of Vanderbilt University. Weathers has battled some injury but is still playing professionally in the Cleveland Indians' organization.

As far as Armstead is concerned the 49ers have actually mentioned they might be interested in him in this draft. The Niners draft 15th overall tonight.

Daniel Jeremiah's mock draft on NFL.Com has Armstead landing 24th overall with the Arizona Cardinals.

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