In the most recent issue of Sports Illustrated senior NFL writer Peter King and a group of 11 experts conducted an all-time NFL draft. The draft lasted 25 rounds and was done serpentine style. To my delight, three Cougar legends (or CouGreats if you prefer) were selected.
The highest drafted Cougar was center Mel Hein who was selected by NFL hall of famer and former Packers GM Ron Wolf. He was picked in the 13th round. Hein was also mentioned in the accompanying story about a fictional training camp for these “dream teams”.
Mel Hein, the Giants’ iron man center-linebacker from 1931 through ’45, picks Nagurski up by his shoulder pads, as he did so many times during their heyday.
Peter King selected Cougar icon Steve Gleason in the 20th round as his wild card pick. The special teams ace has long been a favorite of King’s and what an honor to end up on this list.
Spokane native and college football legend kicker Jason Hanson was next off the board in the 21st round to Vice President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Joe Horrigan. If your’e going to draft a kicker Hanson should be a top of your list after his long and stellar career with the Detroit Lions. Hanson was the fourth kicker drafted of the group.
What do you guys think? Anybody you were surprised wasn’t picked?
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