The Washington Times - September 2, 2008, 08:08AM

It’s possible to have another question later, but just wanted to reply to at least one before a busy day gets underway.

Loyal reader Slatter writes: How many Terps do you see going in the NFL Draft next year? And if they don’t get drafted, who do you see sticking to NFL rosters?


First of all, that’s a tough one to answer nearly eight months out from the event, so the range is huge. And if Erin Henderson‘s free-fall through the draft last spring taught anything, it’s that you never really know what NFL teams are thinking until the draft is over.

Obviously, wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey would get selected if he comes out after this season. I’d have to think Edwin Williams (quality college center), Jeremy Navarre (thriving at defensive tackle, and those aren’t common quantities) and Dan Gronkowski (big tight end) would be the best (but not only and not guaranteed) bets other than Hey-Bey to get selected. And it would be silly to completely discount the possibility of cornerback Kevin Barnes or one of the plethora of offensive linemen to get picked as well.

But the fact is I don’t really know the answer to the first question, and that’s why that reply is wishy-washy. But the answer to the query about free-agent deals is that a lot of guys will be able to get looks if they wish. From that point, it’s a matter of finding the right fit.

—- Patrick Stevens