Nebraska Football: All-Time Husker Greats Fantasy Draft, Rounds 7-9

Patrick RungeCorrespondent IMay 21, 2013

Nebraska Football: All-Time Husker Greats Fantasy Draft, Rounds 7-9

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    We are now well into the Nebraska Football All-Time Husker Greats Fantasy Draft, and here’s how the two teams stack up so far.

    RED TEAM

    WHITE TEAM

    QB: Frazier, Tommie (1)

    QB: Gill, Turner (2)

    IB

    IB: Rozier, Mike (4)

    FB

    FB

    OG: Brown, Bob (9)

    OG: Shields, Will (8)

    OG

    OG

    OT

    OT

    OT

    OT

    C: Rimington, Dave (5)

    C

    TE

    TE

    WR: Rodgers, Johnny (3)

    WR: Fryar, Irving (10)

    WR

    WR

    DE: Wistrom, Grant (7)

    DE

    DE

    DE

    DT: Glover, Rich (11)

    DT: Suh, Ndamukong (6)

    DT

    DT

    OLB

    OLB: Thomas, Broderick (12)

    OLB

    OLB

    MLB

    MLB

    S

    S

    S

    S

    CB

    CB

    CB

    CB

    PK

    PK

    P

    P

    Both teams still have quite a few holes to fill, and there is a great deal of quality left on the board. So let’s see who gets picked next.

Red Team, Round 7: Junior Miller

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    Again, we turn to position scarcity for a selection that might have come higher than otherwise expected. With only one tight end on each roster, the Red Team wanted to make sure that the best tight end in Nebraska history put a red shirt on, so it made the selection early to avoid missing out. By making this selection, though, it does provide the White Team with some flexibility, as now the White Team can wait until the end of the draft to fill its tight end slot.

    Draft Ticker

    13: Red Team, Round 7—Miller, Junior (TE)

White Team, Round 7: Trev Alberts

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    There was some confusion about where Alberts would qualify. Although he played as a rush end (thus theoretically making him available as a defensive end and a highly flexible roster spot), Nebraska’s official website lists him as an outside linebacker. There have to be some criteria in terms of position eligibility, and the official site can’t really be beat for those criteria.

    Still, though, getting a player of Alberts’ quality, with his ability to rush the passer and create havoc in an opposing backfield, in the seventh round has to represent good value.

    Draft Ticker

    13: Red Team, Round 7—Miller, Junior (TE)

    14: White Team, Round 7—Alberts, Trev (OLB)

Red Team, Round 8: Mike Brown

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    The first secondary player to leave the board, Brown will immediately make an impact in the Red Team’s back-seven defense. Although Brown’s position is listed as a Rover by the official Nebraska website, there is no doubt that Brown will fit in as a safety. And given that Brown excelled for four years, and was recognized as an All-American and a team captain, there is no doubt that Brown would be a leader on the Red Team’s defensive squad.

     Draft Ticker

    13: Red Team, Round 7—Miller, Junior (TE)

    14: White Team, Round 7—Alberts, Trev (OLB)

    15: Red Team, Round 8—Brown, Mike (S)

White Team, Round 8: Ralph Brown

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    Not only did the Red Team start a run on secondary players with Mike Brown’s selection in the previous pick, it started a run on Browns. But seeing Mike Brown go off the board meant that it was important for the White Team to get an established great at safety as well. Thus, Ralph gets selected to anchor the White Team’s secondary.

    While not quite as prolific or decorated as his brother, Ralph Brown would still be a force to be reckoned with. And, by qualifying at cornerback, Ralph Brown also leaves the White Team with some flexibility at safety.

    Draft Ticker

    13: Red Team, Round 7—Miller, Junior (TE)

    14: White Team, Round 7—Alberts, Trev (OLB)

    15: Red Team, Round 8—Brown, Mike (S)

    16: White Team, Round 8—Brown, Ralph (CB)

    UPDATE: This slide has been updated to reflect that Ralph Brown II is not, in fact, Mike Brown's brother. I apologize for the error.

Red Team, Round 9: Zach Wiegert (OT)

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    The first offensive tackle does not come off the board until the ninth round, and the Red Team gets real value in that pick with Wiegert. An Outland Trophy winner, Wiegert only gave up one sack (!) in his 46-game career as a starter for Nebraska.

    While there are a number of great offensive linemen left to be taken, adding Wiegert to Bob Brown at guard and Dave Rimington at center will make the Red Team’s offensive line an impressive force already.

    Draft Ticker

    13: Red Team, Round 7—Miller, Junior (TE)

    14: White Team, Round 7—Alberts, Trev (OLB)

    15: Red Team, Round 8—Brown, Mike (S)

    16: White Team, Round 8—Brown, Ralph (CB)

    17: Red Team, Round 9—Wiegert, Zach (OT)

White Team, Round 9: DeJuan Groce

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    Yes, the White Team is going back-to-back with cornerbacks. No, I am not going to give you the pleasure of making a “cornerback-to-back” gag. That’s so Chris Berman.

    The selection of Groce in round nine is in part because of his phenomenal ability as a cover corner, to be certain. But Groce’s skills as a kick returner, which earned him All-American recognition, also factor into the selection. Particularly with the Red Team having Johnny Rodgers as a kick returner, the White Team needed a similar weapon.

    So it was either Groce or Santino Panico, and the White Team went with Groce.

    Draft Ticker

    13: Red Team, Round 7—Miller, Junior (TE)

    14: White Team, Round 7—Alberts, Trev (OLB)

    15: Red Team, Round 8—Brown, Mike (S)

    16: White Team, Round 8—Brown, Ralph (CB)

    17: Red Team, Round 9—Wiegert, Zach (OT)

    18: White Team, Round 9—Groce, DeJuan (CB)

Team Summary

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    Here is a summary of how the teams currently stand, with the players selected, the overall draft selection position (in parentheses) and the remaining positions to fill in italics.

    RED TEAM

    WHITE TEAM

    QB: Frazier, Tommie (1)

    QB: Gill, Turner (2)

    IB

    IB: Rozier, Mike (4)

    FB

    FB

    OG: Brown, Bob (9)

    OG: Shields, Will (8)

    OG

    OG

    OT: Wiegert, Zach (17)

    OT

    OT

    OT

    C: Rimington, Dave (5)

    C

    TE: Miller, Junior (13)

    TE

    WR: Rodgers, Johnny (3)

    WR: Fryar, Irving (10)

    WR

    WR

    DE: Wistrom, Grant (7)

    DE

    DE

    DE

    DT: Glover, Rich (11)

    DT: Suh, Ndamukong (6)

    DT

    DT

    OLB

    OLB: Thomas, Broderick (12)

    OLB

    OLB: Alberts, Trev (14)

    MLB

    MLB

    S: Brown, Mike (15)

    S

    S

    S

    CB

    CB: Brown, Ralph (16)

    CB

    CB: Groce, DeJuan (18)

    PK

    PK

    P

    P

    What do you think of the teams so far? Who should be taken next? Who has been the biggest snub? Let me know in the comments section below!

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