By LARRY VAUGHT
Bud Dupree was the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and brought some needed attention to the Kentucky football program when coach Mark Stoops was just starting his rebuilding effort.
“What Bud did a few years ago was good for the program but this year’s draft is going to be huge with Josh (Allen) and then what is going to occur after that. You are just going to keep seeing that Kentucky logo show up in the draft,” Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow said looking ahead to the April draft.
Marrow says having a player picked in the top three to five like Allen, the consensus national defensive player of the year, is projected to be gives UK a “strong start” to the draft.
“Everybody is watching and seeing that. Players we are recruiting see that and remember that,” Marrow said.
The difference will be that after Dupree was drafted the Cats had just one more player picked — Za’Darius Smith in the fourth round. This year Marrow knows a lot more Cats will be picked.
“I would not be shocked if we have 10 guys drafted. A lot of guys tell me that George (Asafo-Adjei) and Bunchy (Stallings) are going to be drafted,” Marrow said.
He also noted that some NFL scouts had talked to him about defensive lineman Tymere Dubose and receiver Dorian Baker, who had 55 catches in 2015 as a sophomore but just 27 combined in his junior and senior seasons.
“Say what you want about Dorian but he is 6-3, 218 pounds. He can run. He might run a 4.4 (second 40-yard dash at UK’s Pro Day),” Marrow said. “He’s still such an intriguing player. He can be a very physical player.
“I don’t know what might happen with him, Tymere, Bunchy, George. But they all got a chance to be drafted. You are going to see our name (Kentucky) every day of the draft. That’s why having Josh go so high is big, but having all these other guys go after him just makes this whole draft bigger and hopefully the start of what we can do every year.”