DALLAS -- Chase Daniel and the four other Missouri juniors
who submitted their names to the NFL draft advisory board
requesting feedback on their projection for the April draft are all
likely to finish their college careers.
Daniel, the Heisman Trophy finalist, said he wouldn't be
surprised if evaluators rated him a fifth or sixth-round pick.
"I still have a lot of work to do," Daniel said. "It wasn't a
big deal and it got blown up more than it should have."
Other Missouri players who have submitted their names are tight
end Chase Coffman, safety William Moore, defensive tackle Ziggy
Hood and defensive Stryker Sulak. Sulak also said it was no big
deal, just a quick form to fill in after a strong junior season.
"It's no harm, so you might as well do it," Sulak said. "It
took two minutes."
Hood wanted an outside assessment while he still has a chance to
do something about it.
"It was about if I did leave, which I knew I wasn't, where
would I go?" Hood said. "This will give me a jump start for what
I have to do, but I know I'll be back."
One reason Daniel wasn't that optimistic was tight end Martin Rucker's experience last year, when he was projected as a
second-day draft pick. This year Rucker is an All-American and one of
the top tight end prospects in the country.
"I was offended more than him," Daniel said. "How can he not
be a first- or second-round pick?"
For coach Gary Pinkel, it's just nice for the school to have
this sort of attention. Missouri (11-2) won the Big 12 North and is
tied for the school record for victories heading into the Cotton
Bowl against Arkansas (8-4) on Tuesday.
"I think it's flattering for our program, the more players that
apply for their status," Pinkel said. "It's about time we have
quite a few players that did that.
"We'll let that run its course and see what happens."