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How many DUDES we got?

HuskerTea

Red Shirt
5 Year Member
Specials Teams:

None of now.

Linebackers:

I'd say Domann is our best player. Potential FA guy. After that, young guys like Heinrich, Reimer, Tannor, Nelson and Payne have potential but clearly a long way to go. Cooper has some size qualities as well.

1. Domann

Defensive Line:

I think Stille could be a FA guy. Daniels has NFL size. Robinson has the HS pedigree that could make it. Then bodies of Green, Thomas and Riley.

2. Stille
3. Robinson

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends:

I would have to say Wan'Dale Robinson is a guy that gets drafted. He has shown up on some way to early boards for after his JR year. Then you have Manning and a bunch of unknowns and it's really too hard to make a call on anything after him. Obviously Brown sounds like he's doing good things. Betts has potential. Warner may get a look just due to name. Stoll is a guy I could see getting a FA look and who knows of Vokolek, Rafdal and Allen.

4. Robinson

Offensive Line:

This could be a group what gets some run. Jaimes should get drafted and Farniok could as well. Benhart has the pedigree and Jurgens is already up for an award. Lots of upside youth with NFL bodies.

5. Jaimes
6. Farniok
7. Jurgens
8. Benhart

Quarterbacks

Who knows on these. Martinez was on future draft lists a year ago. He could get back there. McCaffrey has the bloodlines. I see them both getting looks somewhere.

9. Martinez
10. McCaffrey

Running Backs

Mills will likely get a FA look I would guess. The rest have upside but we've seen nothing. Scott, Thompkins, Morrison and Johnson all have potential

11. Mills

Secondary

Taylor Britt, Bootle, Dismuke and Williams all could make a run at the NFL if the step up. Not to mention Clark, Gates, etc. Lots of potential, as all young guys have.

12. Taylor-Britt
13. Bootle
14. Dismuke
15. Williams

Is there any others that can step into the fold? If not, we look like a .500 team with just 15 cats though we have won 9 games once with just 14 Dudes. If we can get to around 20, it looks that much better.
Thanks for sharing your opinion.Good post.Keep the faith.GBR.
 

CrnhskrBob

Husker Immortal
15 Year Member
Football is complex, combining all sorts of different styles, personalities, schemes, etc. There is no doubt about that. But in the end, you need Dudes that make a difference in that win/loss total. With the season on hold, I got bored and did a bit of research and obviously not full proof, I found that the amount of NFL dudes we have on a team, the better we have played. I know, that's obvious. But while star ratings are out there, the biggest thing I saw that showed how the team would perform was how many NFL players not only made the league that year, but were on the roster. First, the data.

Certified Dudes = Draft in 1st 3 Rounds / Legit Dudes = Draft / Dudes = Signed FA to a football team OR drafted after 7th round for the old-timers / Star rating was that out of HS and many got tough to find so I did best I could. / Totals section = Certified Dudes/Legit Dudes/Dudes - Total NFL Players on roster.

*I could be off a number here or there on the players on the roster that year. Yes, I even counted them if walking on because I believe having good practice competition helps a ton too. For example, some players didn't show up on an NFL roster until a year or two after graduating because they went to the European League or Canadian Football League.

*Another issue is for a time there, our offense wasn't conducive to producing an NFL QB so a guy like Frazier doesn't count as a Certified Dude, but c'mon, we know the case there.


DraftTeamCoachRecordTotalsCertified DudesLegit DudesDudes
20202019Frost5-70/2/1 - 3NoneKhalil Davis 3*
Carlos Davis 3*
Lamar Jackson 4*
20192018Frost4-80/2/6 – 8NoneNoneFreedom Akinmoladun 3*
Nick Gates 4/3*
Luke Gifford 3*
Stanley Morgan Jr. 3*
Devine Ozigbo 3*
20182017Riley4-80/3/9 – 12NoneTanner Lee 3*Chris Jones 3*
Joshua Kalu 3*
Brett Maher
20172016Riley9-40/4/10 -14NoneNathan Gerry 3*Cethan Carter 3*
Zach Sterup 3*
20162015Riley6-72/6/11 -19Maliek Collins 4*
Vincent Valentine 3*
Alex Lewis 3*
Andy Janovich WO*
Zaire Anderson
Givens Price 3*
20152014Pelini9-44/4/10 - 18Ameer Abdullah 4*
Randy Gregory 3*
Kenny Bell 3*Trevor Roach
20142013Pelini
9-46/4/9 - 19Stanley Jean-Baptiste 4*
Spencer Long WO*
Quincy Enunwa 3*Brent Qvale 3*
Jeremiah Sirles 3*
Jason Ankrah 4*
Mohammed Seisay 4*
20132012Pelini10-44/5/10 - 19NoneRex Burkhead 4*
Daimion Stafford 4*
Will Compton 4*
Eric Martin 3*
20122011Pelini9-44/7/8 - 19Lavonte David 2*Jared Crick 3*
Alfonzo Dennard 3*
Marcel Jones 3*
20112010Pelini10-44/12/9 - 25Prince Amukamara 3*Roy Helu Jr. 3*
Alex Henery WO*
DeJon Gomes 3*
Niles Paul 4*
Keith Williams 3*
Eric Hagg 3*
Ricky Henry 3*
Mike McNeill 3*
20102009Pelini10-43/12/9 - 24Ndamukong Suh 4*Phillip Dillard 4*
Larry Asante 4*
Chris Brooks 4*
Barry Turner 3*
20092008Pelini9-42/10/7 – 19
NoneCody Glenn 4*
Matt Slauson 3*
Lydon Murtha 4*
Zach Potter 4*
Maurice Purify 4*
20082007Callahan5-72/15/7 – 24NoneZackary Bowman 4*
Carl Nicks 4*
Bo Ruud 3*
Steve Octavien 3*
20072006Callahan9-54/9/6 – 19Adam Carriker 3*
Brandon Jackson 3*
Stewart Bradley WO*
Jay Moore 3*Chris Patrick 3*
20062005Callahan8-45/11/6 -22Daniel Bullocks 4*Sam Koch
Le Kevin Smith 4*
Titus Adams 4*
Cory Ross
20052004Callahan5-68/6/3 - 17Fabian Washington 3*
Barrett Ruud 3*
Josh Bullocks *4
Richie Incognito (Didn’t finish)
20042003Solich10-37/10/6 - 23NoneDemorrio Williams 3*
Jammal Lord
Josh Sewell
Ryon Bingham
Trevor Johnson
Kyle Larson
TJ Hollowell
Jerrell Pippens
Dahrran Diedrick
20032002Solich7-77/12/5 - 24Chris KelsayDeJuan Groce
Josh Brown
Scott Shanle
20022001Solich11-27/11/8 - 26Toniu Fonoti
Eric Crouch
Keyuo Craver
Tracey Wistrom
Clint Finley
Jeremy Slechta
Erwin Swiney
20012000Solich10-25/13/8 - 26Kyle Vanden Bosch
Dominic Raiola
Carlos Polk
Correll Buckhalter
Russ Hochstein
Bobby Newcombe
Dan Alexander
Joe Walker
20001999Solich12-17/14/9 - 30Mike Brown
Steve Warren
Ralph BrownEric Johnson
Bill LaFleur
19991998Solich9-47/17/7 - 31Mike RuckerJoel Makovicka
Jason Wiltz
Jay Foreman
Chad Kelsay
Kris Brown
Sheldon Jackson
19981997Osborn13-010/15/6 - 31Grant Wistrom
Jason Peter
Scott Frost
Ahman Green
Aaron Taylor
Eric Warfield
19971996Osborn11-211/16/3 - 30Michael Booker
Jared Tomich
Mike Minter
Adam Treu
Chris Dishman
Jamel Williams
Eric Stokes
Jon Hesse
19961995Osborn12-011/16/1 - 28Lawrence Phillips
Tyrone Williams
Aaron Graham
Christian Peter
Doug Colman
Tony Veland
19951994Osborn13-012/17/1 - 30Zach Wiegert
Brenden Stai
Troy Dumas
Donta Jones
Rob Zatechka
Cory Schlesinger
Barron Miles
19941993Osborn11-111/13/0 - 24Trev Alberts
Toby Wright
Calvin Jones
John Reece
Lance Lundberg
19931992Osborn9-38/12/1 - 21John Parrella
Will Shields
Derek Brown
Tyrone Hughes
Travis Hill
Lance Lewis
David White
19921991Osborn9-2-110/12/3 - 25Johnny Mitchell
Tyrone Legette
Nate Turner
Curtis Cotton
John Bostick
Mike Petko (11)
Keithen McCant (12)
19911990Osborn9-37/8/8 – 23Bruce Pickens
Mike Croel
Kenny Walker (8)
Pat Tyrance (8)
Tahaun Lewis (9)
Joe Sims (11)
Reggie Cooper
19901989Osborn10-27/9/12 – 28Jeff MillsKent WellsKen Clark (8)
Gerry Gdowski (8)
Richard Bell (12)
Larry Etienne
19891988Osborn11-24/4/14 - 22Broderick ThomasLawrence PeteDana Brinson (8)
Tim Jackson (9)
Todd Millikan (10)
Willie Griffin (11)
Steve Taylor (12)
19881987Osborn10-24/4/16 – 24Neil SmithTim Rother
Keith Jones
Keith Neubert (8)
Brian Washington (10)
Hendley Hawkins (11)
Steve Forch (11)
19871986Osborn10-24/4/18 – 26Danny Noonan
Brian Davis
Marc MunfordStan Parker (9)
Brian Blankenship
Doug DuBose
Tony Holloway
Mike Knox
Greg Orton
Tom Welter
19861985Osborn9-36/5/16 – 27Tom Rathman
Jim Skow
Paul Miles
Bill Lewis
Todd Frain
19851984Osborn10-25/6/15 – 26Mark Traynowicz
Mark Behning
Bret Clark
Scott Strasburger (9)
Jeff Smith (10)
Shane Swanson (10)
Anthony Steels
19841983Osborn12-19/4/13 - 26Irving Fryer
Mike Rozier
Dean Steinkuhler
Turner Gill
Mark Schellen
Scott RaridonAllen Lyday
Mitch Krenk
19831982Osborn12-111/3/11 - 25Davie Rimmington
Roger Craig
Jamie Williams
Todd Brown
Jeff Merrell (10)
Toby Williams (10)
Bruce Mathison (10)
 

Mr.Bennett

Recruit
Good Post, good information.

One thing this post goes to show though is how amazing Dr. Tom and Bob D were. Our program, for as many wins and titles as we put on the board, lacked NFL draft success. For the program's glory years of 1962 to 2001 we never had more than three players drafted in the first two rounds of the draft (72, 73, 81, 84, 97 drafts). The first two rounds of the 95 draft only featured 1 Husker, but 5 were taken from Colorado and 4 Florida State... and we won the title that year!
 

HuskerNash

Red Shirt
2 Year Member
Good Post, good information.

One thing this post goes to show though is how amazing Dr. Tom and Bob D were. Our program, for as many wins and titles as we put on the board, lacked NFL draft success. For the program's glory years of 1962 to 2001 we never had more than three players drafted in the first two rounds of the draft (72, 73, 81, 84, 97 drafts). The first two rounds of the 95 draft only featured 1 Husker, but 5 were taken from Colorado and 4 Florida State... and we won the title that year!
A good part of that was scheme. Due to the offense we were running the NFL was not hammering down our door for our OL, receivers, tight ends, or quarterbacks. There have been exceptions but for the most part we don't have a distinguished list of NFL offensive players. You have Will Shields and Ahman Green as exceptions but for the most part I can't think of any real NFL difference makers on the offensive side of the ball.
 

Mr.Bennett

Recruit
Yup, were were the definition of a system team. What's equally amazing is the relative lack of defensive success our guys had in the pros. We had a number of good, steady hands like John Parella and Brian Washington, but outside of Neil Smith and maaaaybe Kyle Van Den Bosch we didn't have anyone from that era that you'd classify as a star. Definitely no Hall of Famers.
 

HuskerNash

Red Shirt
2 Year Member
Yup, were were the definition of a system team. What's equally amazing is the relative lack of defensive success our guys had in the pros. We had a number of good, steady hands like John Parella and Brian Washington, but outside of Neil Smith and maaaaybe Kyle Van Den Bosch we didn't have anyone from that era that you'd classify as a star. Definitely no Hall of Famers.
Agreed. Out of all the blue blood programs I would guess (nothing to back it up) that Nebraska's success of players in the NFL is way down the list.
 

Mr.Bennett

Recruit
Agreed. Out of all the blue blood programs I would guess (nothing to back it up) that Nebraska's success of players in the NFL is way down the list.
Interestingly, our old friends down in Sooner-ville give us a run. They only have two players in Canton (granted, Adrian Peterson and Baker Mayfield are sure to join). For the draft, despite having great teams through the 70s and 80s, they "only" had 16 first round picks from 1970 to 1999.
 
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