Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Mark Herzlich finally gets drafted

Draft Herzlich Football

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2010, file photo, Boston College’s Mark Herzlich, right, rushes against Weber State’s Brian Jankowski during an NCAA college football game in Boston. Herzlich is heading into the NFL draft after missing a season with BC because of cancer. The linebacker returned to play in 2010 and is one of 25 college players scheduled to attend the draft in New York that begins Thursday night, April 27. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)


None of the 254 picks in the 2011 NFL draft went to Boston College Mark Herzlich, a cancer survivor whom the league invited to the festivities -- apparently without knowing for sure that he’d be taken. (Smooth.)

But there’s some good news for Herzlich, sort of. He was the 51st of 52 picks in the UFL draft, by the Omaha Nighthawks.

He likely didn’t go higher because the five UFL teams realize that Herzlich will be more inclined to sign a free-agent contract with an NFL team, once the lockout is lifted, either judicially or otherwise.

The other picks (we listed the full first round last night) included a handful of semi-recognizable names, such as quarterback Jeremiah Masoli (38th overall to the Nighthawks), quarterback Mike Teel (31st overall to Las Vegas), receiver Aundrae Allison (19th overall to Virginia), running back Adrian Peterson (not that one; 14th overall to Virginia).

Drafted 43rd overall, by the Nighthawks, was former Kentucky running back Derrick Locke.

Informed by a Twitter user of the development, Locke was candid: “I’m not going to that shit.”

We’ve got a feeling that line won’t end up in the UFL marketing materials.