The University of Maryland had five players selected in this years draft. Let’s take a look at where they ended up and what their immediate futures hold.
First Round Pick 7 – Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR Oakland
Will almost surely be a starter immediately. He will pair up with Javon Walker and be the deep threat. Mostly for him it will be a mental issue. Can he put aside all the criticism over his selection and have a productive rookie year. He must avoid the games like at Maryland where he would disappear from the offense. Of course it will be JaMarcus Russell or Jeff Garcia getting him the ball instead of Steffy and Turner.
Third Round Pick 80- Kevin Barnes, CB Washington
With DeAngelo Hall, Carlos Rogers, and Fred Smoot the Redskins are pretty set at CB, which actually is perfect for Barnes. He is not ready to step in right away, especially coming off injury. He will be able to be brought along as a dime defender and special teamer and learn from some of the best at his position.
Seventh Round Pick 230- Moise Fokou, LB Philadelphia
Philly is very young and inexperienced at linebacker. This means that Fokou will be able to immediately inject himself into the mix as a backup at the position. He is great in pass coverage, which will give him a niche to make the team. He mainly needs to work on bulking up to handle the run better. I do expect to see him in an Eagles uniform this fall.
Seventh Round Pick 236- Jaimie Thomas, T Indianapolis
He is an excellent pass blocker, which will fit right in in Indianapolis. His fitness is a slight question which may mean a years stint on the practice squad. The Colts are solid in the starting lineup but lack depth on the line, so Thomas could persevere and earn a spot on the team.
Seventh Round Pick 255- Dan Gronkowski, TE Detroit
The Lions are very thin at TE. Heck they used two picks in the draft on this position. Pettigrew is obviously their desired starter. Gronkowski is only a mediocre pass catcher, his role on this team will be as an extra blocker. he will probably be in a fight with journeyman Will Heller for the last TE spot on the team.