May 8, 2007

Will the 2008 Draft see a Red Raider picked?

On the whole, the 2007 NFL draft was a good and rather active one for the Texas Tech Red Raiders as three alumni-Manny Ramirez, Keyunta Dawson and Joel Filani-were selected. Tech's lengthy trend of "first-day" futility, however, continued.

Now it is extremely early, of course, but early indications are that the 2008 draft will be a quieter one for Mike Leach's boys. Draftable seniors from Tech will be in very short supply, and although a few juniors could emerge as sufficiently good NFL prospects that they may bolt early, odds are that this probably will not happen. In other words, "can't miss" NFL talent among Tech's upperclassmen is scarce. That said, here is a very early look at what could possibly be in store for Red Raider football late next spring.


SENIOR PROSPECTS?

Joe Garcia: That's right, prospect, as in singular. At this juncture, the only senior on the Tech roster who looks likely to have an NFL career is safety, Joe Garcia. The Clovis, New Mexico product has much to offer. At six-foot-two and 215 pounds, Garcia is about the same size as former Red Raider safety Kevin Curtis who was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the draft. And Garcia is a more physical player than Curtis, although perhaps a step slower. His speed and coverage skills may be a bit underappreciated, however, insofar as he was more than adequate in this regard last season. Garcia is also a mature player with a very good attitude, and some leadership ability. But in the NFL speed is everything. So, if Garcia can run a 4.65 or better for the NFL scouts, he will almost certainly be selected.

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