Kenny Britt: The First Ever First-Rounder For Rutgers?

Evan GreenbergContributor IApril 9, 2009

PISCATAWAY, NJ - DECEMBER 04:  Kenny Britt #88 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrates victory over the Louisville Cardinals at Rutgers Stadium on December 4, 2008 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Kenny Britt had a spectacular collegiate career at Rutgers, capping off a productive three-year stint with an outstanding performance in the Papa John's Bowl.

Nevertheless, it seems as if most experts talked Britt out of the first round, behind workout wonder Darrius Heyward-Bey, North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks, and, on some boards, Ohio State possession receiver Brian Robiskie.  

Obviously, none of these people had never seen Britt play. If Britt were in a system like Texas Tech's, people would be talking about him instead of Michael Crabtree as a top-five selection.

Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised to see Mel Kiper Jr., whose hairdo makes me think of a thinner Roy Orbison, place Britt in the first round on ESPN.  

Meanwhile, NFL Network's Todd McShay still hasn't come around to the fact that Britt is probably the most talented and/or most productive receiver in the draft, and has him going to Seattle at No. 37.

Kiper moved Britt up to the 22nd pick, which is held by the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings, who were burned with Troy Williamson a few years ago, could certainly use Britt to compliment Sidney Rice, another tall, young receiver with great leaping ability.

Frankly, I could care less if Britt plays for the Vikings or not. I am only interested in whether or not Britt becomes the first-ever first-round selection to come out of Rutgers.  

I really believed that L.J. smith was going to break the streak in lst year's draft, but he dropped into the second round.

What is surprising, however, is that Rutgers has produced so many productive pros, including free agents Deron Cherry, Jay Bellamy, Gary Brackett, and Eric Foster.

While none of these players were drafted, all have performed well above expectations. Unfortunately, Brian Leonard has been the exception in terms of performance by Rutgers draftees, and the jury is still out on Ray Rice, who had a few solid games in Baltimore.  

As for Rutgers basketball and how it has faired in the pro ranks, Quincy Douby was selected in the first round a few years ago by the Sacramento Kings, but has been a bit of a disappointment. In his defense, he was known as a scorer, but got stuck behind Kevin Martin in Sacramento.

Douby has since moved on to Toronto where he hopes to re-discover his shooting touch from his college days.

This an exciting moment for Scarlet Knights fans, as the first-round drought lasted longer than the 27-year hiatus from bowl game activity.  

Rutgers has now made four consecutive bowl games, and is becoming a perennial contender for the Big East title every season.

A first-round drafting of Britt would further enhance Rutgers' recruiting, thereby continuing the cycle of success.

I don't think any other Rutgers player (except Rice) has earned the right to be a first-round choice like Britt.  He has done everything that was asked of him, and performed well at the NFL combine.  

I will be watching the NFL Draft in a few weeks with excitement and apprehension.