All-time Iowa football great Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had his best day in months yesterday. Probably his best day since he took a kickoff to the house against Minnesota untouched.
Numerous charges in his pending legal case were dropped. Also, according to his Facebook, he ran a personal best time yesterday. DJK, as he is better known, is training for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Charges dropped against DJK include keeping a drug house, unlawful possession of marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs usually prescribed for anxiety, sleep and pain.
How this affects DJK’s draft status remains to be seen. Assuming getting arrested hurt his status, the dropping of major charges should improve his injured draft stock. DJK received deferred judgment for possession of Marijuana. He paid a $315 fine.
In this reporter's eyes, he has NFL potential. Disclaimer: I am an enthusiastic Iowa fan. He seems capable of becoming a third receiving choice on many NFL teams, and a fourth target on passing teams with an established receiving crew.
Assuming he stays sober, as we optimists are, DJK should become a legitimate slot receiver in the NFL.If he stays healthy, he may become a solid possession receiver. One or two Pro Bowl selections are not out of the question.
He is not the first receiver to like the nose candy, and far from the only NFL player to dabble with cocaine. However, for every Michael Irvin and Lawrence Taylor, there are many more in the mold Matt Jones, Travis Henry and Don Reese.
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As Dave Chappelle once paraphrased a Charlie Murphy tale of a meeting with the late, great Rick James, “Cocaine is a hell of a drug.” That is some serious baggage for DJK.
In the later rounds an opportunistic team will sign DJK. I could see the New England Patriots drafting him in the sixth or seventh round. If he is available in the seventh round, every team in need of an additional slot receiver should consider him.
Had these legal problems not arisen, he probably would have been selected in the fourth round. Had he played in the Insight Bowl, which surprisingly turned out to be an Iowa win, he would have improved his draft stock. Playing poorly affects him slightly less than the deferred judgment on marijuana.
Iowa playing well without DJK is paradoxical. On one hand, the Hawkeyes played a great game; we saw the team we were expecting all season. On the other hand, their all-time leading receiver was charged with running a drug house.
Most fans explain Iowa’s victory over No. 12 Missouri as the result of playing a Big 12 opponent. Some have hypothesized that there is a correlation with DJK’s absence, and the team’s improved play. Either way, a win is a win. Even if it is the Insight Bowl.