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

Patrick RungeCorrespondent IMay 30, 2013

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

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    This is it! The final round of drafting for the All-Time Husker Greats Fantasy Draft is upon us! For your recollection, here are how the teams sit after 18 rounds.

    RED TEAM

    WHITE TEAM

    QB: Frazier, Tommie (1)

    QB: Gill, Turner (2)

    IB: Ahman Green (33)

    IB: Rozier, Mike (4)

    FB: Solich, Frank (27)

    FB: Davis, Tony (34)

    OG: Brown, Bob (9)

    OG: Shields, Will (8)

    OG: Taylor, Aaron (35)

    OG: Dean Steinkuhler (24)

    OT: Wiegert, Zach (17)

    OT: White, Daryl (20)

    OT: Ed Weir (23)

    OT

    C: Rimington, Dave (5)

    C: Raiola, Dominic (36)

    TE: Miller, Junior (13)

    TE

    WR: Rodgers, Johnny (3)

    WR: Fryar, Irving (10)

    WR: Bell, Kenny (29)

    WR

    DE: Wistrom, Grant (7)

    DE

    DE: Rucker, Mike (25)

    DE

    DT: Glover, Rich (11)

    DT: Suh, Ndamukong (6)

    DT: Smith, Neil (21)

    DT

    OLB: David, Lavonte (31)

    OLB: Thomas, Broderick (12)

    OLB

    OLB: Alberts, Trev (14)

    MLB: Ruud, Barrett (19)

    MLB: Polk, Carlos (32)

    S: Brown, Mike (15)

    S: Minter, Mike (22)

    S

    S: Bullocks, Josh (26)

    CB

    CB: Brown, Ralph (16)

    CB

    CB: Groce, DeJuan (18)

    PK

    PK: Henery, Alex (28)

    P

    P: Koch, Sam (30)

    So as both teams finish their drafts and round out their rosters, let’s take a look at how each team will take shape.

Round 19

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    Red Team: Ed Stewart

    It was time for the Red Team to finish out its linebacker corps, and having Stewart as an addition certainly doesn’t hurt the squad.  Stewart was an All-American and a Butkus award finalist, and finished his Nebraska career with 257 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and nine sacks.

    White Team: Wayne Meylan

    One of the great players in Nebraska history, Meylan anchored the middle of NU’s defensive line from 1965 to 1967, becoming a two-time All-American and performing to a level where he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Because he played in a less glamorous time for Nebraska, Meylan’s contributions may not be as well remembered. But ending a career with 238 total tackles means Meylan would be a worthy addition to play defensive tackle next to a player like Ndamukong Suh.

    Draft Tracker

    37: Red Team, Round 19—Steward, Ed (OLB)

    38: White Team, Round 13—Meylan, Wayne (DT)

Round 20

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    Red Team: Prince Amukamara

    With the White Team filling up its cornerbacks so quickly, the Red Team had the luxury of waiting to fill its spots. That is the only reason a player like Amukamara would have fallen to Round 20 in a draft like this. Amukamara was an All-American, a Thorpe Award finalist and was the Big 12 defensive player of the year in 2010. He still jointly holds Nebraska’s school record for sacks by a defensive back,

    White Team: Kyle Vanden Bosch

    Much like the Red Team had the luxury of waiting on cornerbacks, the White Team had the luxury of waiting on defensive ends. Thus, in Round 20, the White Team was able to nab Vanden Bosch, a two-time All-American who holds Nebraska’s school record for passes broken up and blocked kicks by a defensive end.

    Draft Tracker

    37: Red Team, Round 19—Steward, Ed (OLB)

    38: White Team, Round 13—Meylan, Wayne (DT)

    39: Red Team, Round 20—Amukamara, Prince (CB)

    40: White Team, Round 20—Vanden Bosch, Kyle (DT)

Round 21

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    Red Team: Dana Stephenson

    To bookend a very modern player in Prince Amukamura, the Red Team went into the history books to select Stephenson. Playing from 1967 to 1969, Stephenson still holds the Nebraska school record for interceptions in a game, interceptions in a season, is tied for second and eighth in most interceptions for a season.

    White Team: Bob Newton

    Newton’s selection at offensive tackle fills out a historical roster for the White Team, pairing him with legendary great Daryl White. Newton was an All-American, and part of an offensive line that helped to power Nebraska to its first national championship in 1970.

    Draft Tracker

    37: Red Team, Round 19—Steward, Ed (OLB)

    38: White Team, Round 13—Meylan, Wayne (DT)

    39: Red Team, Round 20—Amukamara, Prince (CB)

    40: White Team, Round 20—Vanden Bosch, Kyle (DT)

    41: Red Team, Round 21—Stephenson, Dana (CB)

    42: White Team, Round 21—Newton, Bob (OT)

Round 22

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    Red Team: Daniel Bullocks

    The Red Team finishes its position players by selecting Bullocks, to play opposite his brother Josh on the White Team. Daniel was an accomplished safety on his own, finishing his Nebraska career with 226 tackles and 12 sacks, and holding Nebraska’s school record for total interception yardage in a season.

    White Team: Nate Swift

    While the Red Team went with potential to fill its wide receiver corps, the White Team went with a proven performer in Swift. Littering Nebraska’s record books are Swift’s accomplishments, including the school record for most receptions in a career, third-highest receptions in a game, most 100-yard receiving games in a season and a career, and second-highest receiving yardage in a season (falling just one yard short of Johnny Rodgers’ total in 1972).

    Draft Tracker

    37: Red Team, Round 19—Steward, Ed (OLB)

    38: White Team, Round 13—Meylan, Wayne (DT)

    39: Red Team, Round 20—Amukamara, Prince (CB)

    40: White Team, Round 20—Vanden Bosch, Kyle (DT)

    41: Red Team, Round 21—Stephenson, Dana (CB)

    42: White Team, Round 21—Newton, Bob (OT)

    43: Red Team, Round 22—Bullocks, Daniel (S)

    44: White Team, Round 22—Swift, Nate (WR)

Round 23

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    Red Team: Kris Brown

    With nothing but specialists remaining, the Red Team turns to Brown, who still bests Alex Henery’s kicking records for number of conversions in a season and a career, has the highest point total for a season tallied by a kicker and has the most point scored by a freshman.

    White Team: Adam Carriker

    The White Team fills out its defensive line with Carriker, adding to its ability to threaten an opposing team’s backfield. Carriker is seventh overall in school history in sacks, and sixth in tackles for loss, finishing his Nebraska career with 134 tackles, 43 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks.

    Draft Tracker

    37: Red Team, Round 19—Steward, Ed (OLB)

    38: White Team, Round 13—Meylan, Wayne (DT)

    39: Red Team, Round 20—Amukamara, Prince (CB)

    40: White Team, Round 20—Vanden Bosch, Kyle (DT)

    41: Red Team, Round 21—Stephenson, Dana (CB)

    42: White Team, Round 21—Newton, Bob (OT)

    43: Red Team, Round 22—Bullocks, Daniel (S)

    44: White Team, Round 22—Swift, Nate (WR)

    45: Red Team, Round 23—Brown, Kris (PK)

    46: White Team, Round 23—Carriker, Adam (DE)

Round 24

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    Red Team: Dan Hadenfeldt

    Completing its roster in a sensible manner, with a punter, the Red Team tabbed Hadenfeldt. Holder of Nebraska’s school record for career punting average and the third-best season punting average, Hadenfeldt will give the Red Team the ability to flip the field if its offense is ever stymied.

    White Team: Johnny Mitchell

    I was really tempted to be controversial with this selection and take Mike McNeill, given his versatility at the position. But in looking at Mitchell’s numbers, admittedly over only two seasons, it’s hard not to give Mitchell the nod. Mitchell averaged almost 20 yards a reception and finished his career with 12 touchdowns and 816 receiving yards.

    Draft Tracker

    37: Red Team, Round 19—Steward, Ed (OLB)

    38: White Team, Round 13—Meylan, Wayne (DT)

    39: Red Team, Round 20—Amukamara, Prince (CB)

    40: White Team, Round 20—Vanden Bosch, Kyle (DT)

    41: Red Team, Round 21—Stephenson, Dana (CB)

    42: White Team, Round 21—Newton, Bob (OT)

    43: Red Team, Round 22—Bullocks, Daniel (S)

    44: White Team, Round 22—Swift, Nate (WR)

    45: Red Team, Round 23—Brown, Kris (PK)

    46: White Team, Round 23—Carriker, Adam (DE)

    47: Red Team, Round 24—Hadenfeldt, Dan (P)

    48: White Team, Round 24—Mitchell, Johnny (TE)

Team Summary

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    So with the draft completed, here’s how the final rosters for the two All-Star Fantasy Teams look.

    RED TEAM

    WHITE TEAM

    QB: Frazier, Tommie (1)

    QB: Gill, Turner (2)

    IB: Ahman Green (33)

    IB: Rozier, Mike (4)

    FB: Solich, Frank (27)

    FB: Davis, Tony (34)

    OG: Brown, Bob (9)

    OG: Shields, Will (8)

    OG: Taylor, Aaron (35)

    OG: Dean Steinkuhler (24)

    OT: Wiegert, Zach (17)

    OT: White, Daryl (20)

    OT: Ed Weir (23)

    OT: Bob Newton (42)

    C: Rimington, Dave (5)

    C: Raiola, Dominic (36)

    TE: Miller, Junior (13)

    TE: Mitchell, Johnny (48)

    WR: Rodgers, Johnny (3)

    WR: Fryar, Irving (10)

    WR: Bell, Kenny (29)

    WR: Swift, Nate (44)

    DE: Wistrom, Grant (7)

    DE: Vanden Bosch, Kyle (40)

    DE: Rucker, Mike (25)

    DE; Carriker, Adam (46)

    DT: Glover, Rich (11)

    DT: Suh, Ndamukong (6)

    DT: Smith, Neil (21)

    DT: Meylan, Wayne (38)

    OLB: David, Lavonte (31)

    OLB: Thomas, Broderick (12)

    OLB: Stewart, Ed (37)

    OLB: Alberts, Trev (14)

    MLB: Ruud, Barrett (19)

    MLB: Polk, Carlos (32)

    S: Brown, Mike (15)

    S: Minter, Mike (22)

    S: Bullocks, Daniel (43)

    S: Bullocks, Josh (26)

    CB: Amukamara, Prince (39)

    CB: Brown, Ralph (16)

    CB: Dana Stephenson (41)

    CB: Groce, DeJuan (18)

    PK: Brown, Kris (45)

    PK: Henery, Alex (28)

    P: Hadenfeldt, Dan (47)

    P: Koch, Sam (30)

    Which team is better? Which team would win in the Best Spring Game Evah? Which team did a better job getting value in the draft? Sounds off in the comments and let me know!

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