Though five Stanford football players were selected to join pro rosters in this past weekend’s 2019 NFL Draft, seven more will have the opportunity to try out for teams as undrafted free agents.
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.
No. 24 Stanford football (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) got the win they needed last week at Arizona State. The Cardinal now control their own destiny in the Pac-12 North and will have a chance to play for the Rose Bowl if they win out. Every Pac-12 showdown is massive at this point because the North is essentially a four team race between Stanford, No. 19 Oregon, No. 15 Washington, and No. 14 Washington State. Every team except Oregon has just one conference loss, so any Pac-12 defeat would drop the Cardinal off the pace and make it nearly impossible for them to still reach the conference championship game. Every game is important, but the next two weeks are just a little bigger.
Seventh-ranked Stanford (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to claim a 38-31 overtime victory over No. 20 Oregon (3-1, 0-1) in Autzen Stadium on Saturday night. The Cardinal defense came up with three timely turnovers, and junior quarterback KJ Costello had 327 yards and three touchdowns to lead the offense. Sophomore tight end…
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.
The Daily’s Vihan Lakshman and Jose Saldana preview the upcoming season by discussing the quarterback situation, potential breakout players, the Cardinal’s schedule, the replacements for Solomon Thomas and the defense.
Last year, Stanford’s defense seemed to lack that one star in its linebacker core. Coming off the departures of Martinez and Anderson, the Cardinal’s lack of experience occasionally reared its ugly head. And when thinking about the brutal losses to Washington and Washington State last year, although there was trouble for Stanford all over the field, an overwhelmed linebacker unit carried a share of the blame for the Cardinal’s inability to come up with stops.
With the start of the 2017 college football season coming soon, a few members of The Daily Sports Staff — Sam Curry (SC), Tristan Vanech (TV), Jose Saldana (JS), Lorenzo Rosas (LR), Sandip Srinivas (SS), Vihan Lakshman (VL) and Jamie MacFarlane (JM) — provided their predictions on how the Cardinal will fare this season and which teams will establish themselves among the top in the nation.