"I was real happy," Swancutt said after being drafted by the Lions. "I was
sitting around waiting for my name to hopefully be called - it finally came."
The Oregon native will be playing with former Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington
and former USC defensive end Shaun Cody, whom he shared 2005 Pac-10 Defensive
Player of the Year honors with. Swancutt will report to Detroit this weekend
where he will participate in a mini-camp for rookies and veterans Friday through
When asked if he was disappointed in that he didn't go earlier he replied,
"I just want a chance to play at the next level. That's what I'm looking
forward to doing - going out there and working as hard as I can.
"I think that I'm a hardworking, relentless type of a player. I'm not
the flashiest player but I have a high motor. I just constantly get after the
quarterback and never take a play off."
Head coach Steve Mariccui thinks Swancutt could one of the hidden gems of the
draft calling the end "relentless." (Link: Lions
fans discuss Swancutt)
"There were probably some Pro Bowl players drafted today," Mariucci
said after Detriots final selection. "They're just not the household names
like (Saturday's) were."
Anderson was the only quarterback selected in the sixth round and according
the the Ravens official site is already the team's third string quarterback
with a good chance to make the team.
Hes not a scrambler per se, but he can move around, Ravens
head coach Brian Billick said. Hes a good athlete. Hes got
a big arm. Physically isnt the question, its more the mental aspect
of the game that needs work." (Link: Ravens
fans talk about Anderson)
Anderson will join former Beaver defensive tackle Dwan Edwards in Baltimore shortly.
Nienhuis was the second to last pick just missing being labled Mr. Irrelevant.
"Im pretty happy I am not Mr. Irrelevant, because I hear they do
a whole parade for them at like Disneyland or something," Nienhuis said.
"Im just happy to be picked up."
Cornerback Brandon Browner signed with the Denver Broncos and safety Mitch Meeuwsen signed with the Miami Dolphins Sunday evening.
Ten OSU football players have been drafted in the last three years.
Swancutt is the third defensive linemen from OSU selected in the Draft
over the last three years, joining Edwards (2nd/Ravens/04) and James Lee
Anderson is the first quarterback from Oregon State to be drafted since
Erik Wilhelm was a third round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1989.
Nienhuis is the first offensive lineman from OSU to be drafted since Mitch White was a sixth round selection of the New Orleans Saints in 2001.
Anaylsis from the Experts
Pat Kirwan's of NFL.com on Swancutt:
Might have had the most sacks in college football in this draft. He had 38 sacks
over his career. He runs a 5.0 flat, but he's got pass rush skills. If you go
by the numbers, you won't like him. But if you go by the film, you're seeing
a guy who can get to the quarterback at the college level. The Lions did good
with this pick.
Gil Brandt's of NFL.com on Anderson:
Anderson is the first player in high school history from Oregon to be Player
of the Year in football and basketball. He has a cannon for an arm. He has to
go to a dropback passing team. He has okay speed. If you need someone to throw
downfield, he's got great arm strength. He looked pretty good in the East-West
Scott Eklund of SeaHawks.net on Nienhuis:
Durable three-year starter who never missed a game in his college career. High-character
player who has excellent size and overall strength. Nienhuis lacks the athleticism
necessary to play on the outside at the NFL level and will probably get a shot
inside. He will probably never be a starter, but may turn out to be a solid
backup at the pro level.