The first day of the 2019 NFL Draft is in the books, and a player from Stanford has yet to be picked by NFL teams. With the second and third rounds on Friday and rounds four through seven on Saturday, the Cardinal is poised to send a deep group to NFL rosters this year.
The National Football League announced their invitations to the 2019 Combine today, including seven Stanford football players in their list of 338 total prospects. The Combine, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a yearly event for NFL scouts to evaluate and interview potential draft prospects. The Stanford players invited cover a variety of offensive and defensive positions, including wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside, running back Bryce Love, offensive lineman Nate Herbig, tight end Kaden Smith, linebacker Bobby Okereke, cornerback Alijah Holder and punter Jake Bailey.
“It’s not a beauty contest,” said Stanford head coach David Shaw, “it’s a football game and thankfully, we were able to win it.”
With offensive explosions in the first and fourth quarters bookending a stagnation of scoring in the second and third, Stanford football (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) hoisted the Axe and claimed its ninth straight Big Game victory over the California Golden Bears (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) this past Saturday by a score of 23-13. Coming off of a two-game win streak and sporting a Pac-12 leading defense, Cal may have had its best chance in years to surprise the Cardinal and snap a nearly decade-long streak of Big Game dominance, but came up short in a defensive standoff.
For the third straight year, No. 24 Stanford (5-3, 3-2 Pac 12) fell to No. 14 Washington State (7-1, 4-1). For the second straight year, a heartbreaking margin of three points separated the two sides, as the Cougars were able to kick a go-ahead field goal with nineteen seconds remaining to defeat the Cardinal 41-38.
The No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) came into South Bend with a perfect record and College Football Playoff hopes. They left with an ugly 38-17 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame (5-0) and a lot of questions after allowing 550 yards of offense through the entire game and mustering a pitiful 30 yards themselves in the second half.
Stanford football is 3-0 and ranked seventh in the country. The Cardinal have already collected their first Pac-12 victory over in-state rival USC and beat two other solid non-conference opponents in San Diego State and UC Davis. It’s been a great start to football season on the Farm, and Stanford may have a chance to…
Entering this season, Stanford touted a Heisman-contending running back in Bryce Love, an arm with elite potential in K.J. Costello, and a receiving corps with the size and strength to match up favorably against anyone in the country. The biggest preseason question mark was, supposedly, a young defensive unit with limited game experience.