Posted by Will Brinson
When the Houston Texans picked Mr. Irrelevant on the final day of the NFL Draft, I'm willing to bet I wasn't the only one hoping Mark Herzlich would get selected as the most memorable final pick in draft history.
Alas, the Texans drafted someone ... less relevant. And Herzlich, the one-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year, went undrafted. Until Monday night, anyway, when he was the 51st overall UFL selection.
I'm sure you watched the draft live, but in case you didn't, you can check the results at the UFL's site; they're pretty fascinating, from a PR-mixed-with-football perspective.
For instance, Ryan Sims, the sixth-overall pick in 2002, was taken in the second round (ninth overall) by the Virginia Destroyers. He's a big name and a former talent, but there's a reason why he's not already signed by an NFL team despite being a Top-10 pick just a few years ago.
Jerrod Johnson, a former duel-threat QB for Texas A&M, who was taken with the first-overall selection last night, is actually more of a "football" pick, because he has the chance to light up a league like the UFL.
Whereas the Destroyers' decision to draft "the other Adrian Peterson" (formerly of the Bears) is probably just a move to trick people into buying AP jerseys.
I'd like to think that the Omaha Nighthawks decision to draft Herzlich with the 51st overall pick is all about football -- the dude can play, after all -- but given that they lead his blurb with the line "best stories in all of college football in 2010," it's hard to imagine that they're really into Herzlich just for his ball-hawking skills.
Of course, a UFL team happening to recognize that Herzlich's story makes him a fantastic late-round flier -- especially in a time when fans are becoming a little disconcerted with the "other" league -- really only makes that team smarter than 32 other NFL squads.
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