As we said recently, Duke and the NFL draft haven't had much in common for a long time. Ross Cockrell went in the fourth round, to Buffalo, and that was the best Duke's seen in 15 years. Florida State, Virgina Tech, UNC, Clemson, Georgia Tech - it's no big deal for those programs. It's been a bit different for Duke.
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With David Cutcliffe's remarkable success, that will likely change.
Certainly Cockrell thinks so, predicting to the Duke Chronicle that Jamison Crowder and Laken Tomlison would go earlier and that QB Anthony Boone, running back Josh Snead, tight end Braxton Deaver, tackle Takoby Cofield and linebackers Kelby Brown and David Helton may all get picked next year.
It's interesting, isn't it, that both Cutcliffe and Mike Krzyzewski came to Duke at a time when people thought football and basketball, respectively, could not be competitive. Both men saw what were widely seen as disadvantages - tough admissions, high academic standards thread-the-needle recruiting - as significant advantages.
Just as the idea of Duke playing a role in the draft takes some getting used to, it takes some adjustment to realize we're excited about football season.
We can get used to that quickly, mind you. It's just a different feeling.