In this edition of the Writing Illini roundtable, the staff takes a look at the Illinois Fighting Illini and the players that Illini fans could see drafted by an NFL team this offseason. However, who has the most stock right now?
Ryan: Most pundits say linebackers are a dime a dozen, but when you see a really good one, you know that’s not totally true. Jonathan Brown has the highest draft stock as it currently stands, and I imagine that it will only improve once he turns in his official workouts at the combine and on Illinois’ Pro Day. That said, the overall poor performance by Illinois’ defense this season is probably going to negatively affect his draft stock to a certain degree. My guess is Brown is selected in the 4th or 5th round at the latest, but he will surely be the highest drafted Illini player in the upcoming 2014 draft.
Austin: Jonathan Brown will have his name called on day two of the NFL Draft. Sadly, he may be the only Illini to be called in the draft this year, which is a big change from the past, as the Illini have year in and year out sent multiple student athletes to the NFL. Brown led the team in almost every statistical category on defense this year, yet showed indecisiveness in several games. He may not be an immediate starter in the NFL, but with some polishing should end up being a pretty serviceable guy for some NFL franchise.
Ricky: Most draft stock right now? Steve Hull, duh! Hull had the best closing performances of any Fighting Illini and should get a look at by NFL scouts. Yes, Jonathan Brown is a popular Illini this earlier in the draft process, but I personally feel like I’d put more stock in Steve Hull. Brown was voted to second all conference by the media, but the Illini defense was pathetic. That’s why I’d go Hull because I feel he could help out any NFL with his talented that he showed in the last four games on the 2013 season.
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