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WSU’s Post-Draft Analysis

The 2020 NFL Draft was this past weekend. If you are any type of sports fan, you probably found yourself watching at least a little bit of it. If you are a football fan, you probably watched most of it. It was the first live sporting event since our very own Washington State Cougars defeated Colorado in the first-round of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament, way back on March 11th.

Going into the draft, us Coug Fans thought that two of our guys had a good chance of getting drafted. Those two were Anthony Gordon and Dezmon Patmon. Out of those two, one got the call, leaving the other, and the cougar community, stunned.

Easop Winston Jr also had a chance to get his name called, but with him not receiving an invitation to the NFL combine, his chances were a lot slimmer.

Dezmon Patmon was taken in the sixth round, 212th-overall by the Indianapolis Colts.

“I was talking to my agents and they said anywhere fifth through seventh,” Patmon said, per Colts.com. In the sixth round of the draft, the Colts had three back-to-back picks. Patmon had a feeling that he was going to get the call, and sure enough, he did. Big Dez will team up with former-USC standout Michael Pittman Jr, who was selected in the second-round, 34th-overall. Patmon’s initial reaction after he got drafted: throw his mother in the pool. A little mean, but very funny.

Patmon going in the sixth-round was not much of a surprise. The surprise of the draft for WSU was seeing QB Anthony Gordon slip and slip, until he could not slip anymore.

Gordon went undrafted.

Somewhat of a shock to see him not drafted. We knew that Joe Burrow, Tua and Justin Herbert would go early. We had an assumption that Jacob Eason, Jalen Hurts and Jake Fromm would go a little later. After them, we thought that Gordo would get his name called. You’d think that his insane stats from his Redshirt-Senior season in 2019 would help prove his case. AG completed 493 passes (71.6%) for 5,579 yards and 48 TDs.  

It was round 6, and the Jacksonville Jaguars were on the clock. I was thinking to myself, “How cool would it be to see Gordo backup Gardner Minshew.” Sure enough, the Jags pick a QB, but it wasn’t the one us WSU fans were hoping for. Jacksonville selected former-Oregon State QB Jake Luton with the 189th-overall pick.

Now we are into the seventh-round, and there was still hope for WSU’s single-season standout. In that seventh round, there were four QBs selected, and none went by the name “Anthony Gordon”. Nick Rolovich’s own-Cole McDonald from Hawaii, James Madison QB Ben DiNucci, Mississippi State QB Tommy Stevens and Iowa QB Nate Stanley were the four quarterbacks selected in round seven.

All 32 teams passed up on Gordon, who was projected to get drafted between rounds 4-7. Here is a tweet from his former-QB partner and teammate, John Bledsoe:

With all that being said, Anthony Gordon eventually found his way onto an NFL roster within minutes after the conclusion of the draft. So did his former City College of San Francisco and WSU teammate, Easop Winston. Gordon signed as an Undrafted Free-Agent with the Seattle Seahawks (Go Hawks!). Winston also signed as a UDFA, but with the Los Angles Rams.

Another pleasant surprise was Frederick Mauigoa, former-WSU center, signing as a UDFA for the Carolina Panthers.

There is still some thought that former-Cougars Brandon Arconado, Marcus Strong and a few others will find themselves signing with NFL teams sometime in the near future.

We can’t wait to see what these guys can prove to their doubters in the NFL. Cougs versus everyone!

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