The Oregon football program has been growing and growing over the past decade. Twenty years ago, a weekend that involved the NFL draft was a non-event for Ducks fans, but the growth of the program has changed that feeling of being irrelevant to a feeling of anticipation.
This year, the Ducks have a good-sized group that is hoping and projected to end up on an NFL roster. Players like LaMichael James, Eddie Pleasant, Josh Kaddu, Cliff Harris and Mark Asper are all players who have been projected to go from some time tonight to the end of the day on Saturday.
One interesting storyline to watch during this year's draft is what ends up being the fate of Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas. Thomas made the choice to come out this year, and many believed it was because so many quarterbacks returned for their senior seasons and this was his chance to potentially be drafted. Unfortunately for Thomas, not many are projecting that to happen.
Another thing to keep your eyes on is who takes a chance on Cliff Harris. Harris was dismissed from the Oregon program midway through this past season, and is a wild card in this year's draft. Harris has had some off-the-field issues that may scare teams away, but he has on-the-field talent that pulls them right back into being interested.
While the Ducks continue to make strides on the field, this is a chance for them to make strides off the field. The Ducks and Chip Kelly know that recruits are watching the draft, and preparing them for the NFL is as important as any uniform combination Nike can come up with.
Stay tuned to this slideshow as the draft progresses. As soon as an Oregon Duck comes off the board, we will update it here live, letting you know where and when they went in this year's NFL draft.