MAC Champion Falcons Receive No Love In Draft
Surely at least one MAC champion would hear their name called by Roger Goodell in this year’s NFL draft. Many thought it would be tight end Alex Bayer or safety Jerry "Boo Boo" Gates. Gates’ hopes may have gone up in smoke last week when he was arrested allegedly for selling marijuana in the days leading up to the draft. The fact that Bayer was not chosen was a surprise as he was being courted heavily by teams in need of a big target off the line. These teams included the Bucs, Ravens, Packers, and the Rams, where he ultimately signed as a free agent.
However, Bayer wasn’t even the first BG tight end to be signed.
The backup to Bayer, Tyler Beck was the first Falcon to receive a free agent contract signing with the Patriots minutes after the draft concluded.
Other signees include:
Defensive End Jarius Campbell- Baltimore Ravens
Defensive Back Cameron Truss- Pittsburgh Steelers
Defensive Tackle Ted Oulett- Green Bay Packers
Defensive Back Aaron Foster- Dallas Cowboys
So why did none of these talented Falcons get drafted?
Well for one the conference needs a much better reputation. Only eight MAC players were selected in this draft and this number just beats out some FCS conferences. Teams would much rather take a chance on a lower quality Big Ten or SEC player just because of the respect of the conference. However, in the end it isn’t about who gets drafted in which round, its about who makes a squad and performs in the NFL.
If any of these Falcons have a chip on their shoulder about not being drafted, you can bet it will show during mini camps this summer.