Kevin Ogletree, WR, Virginia
Projected: Fifth round
Good or bad move? Ogletree came off a devastating knee injury to make 58 catches for 723 yards and five touchdowns as a steady target for the Cavaliers. While his decision to leave early was met with surprise, and reportedly, good riddance from the coaching staff, he has enough talent to make a roster. However, it might be a surprise if he goes anywhere near the first four rounds.
… yeah, right! I have a hard time believing that the coaching staff said “good riddance” to their top offensive threat. In fact, we already know that Al Groh told ‘Tree that he shouldn’t go pro, and it sounds like Groh wishes he didn’t:
Groh supported the move and likes Ogletree, but cringed when asked about the decision.
“If you can go in the first round, it’s a good thing to do,” Groh said.
That’s likely not the case here.
It appears that Ogletree’s jump isn’t a wise decision. When the NFL returns paperwork on players, the results come back with three answers and Ogletree’s was returned with this message:
“Does not have potential to be drafted in the first three rounds.”
Some NFL player personnel evaluators we are familiar with rated Ogletree as a possible fifth-rounder. In a league where wide receivers are a dime a dozen, this decision appears to be a mistake.
“Some guys just got to find out,” Groh said.
Honestly, where do some of these newsie-types get this stuff? Can anyone really put the word “reportedly” in front of any falsehood and get away with it? Let’s give it a try: “Reportedly, Al Groh is considering The Good ‘Ol Blog’s Rob Mahini to be Virginia’s next defensive line coach.” Yup, I guess so. See you on the sidelines!