While the University of Cincinnati has seen its share of football players drafted, much wasn’t expected when the 2007 NFL Draft arrived. With Bearcat great Brent Celek and John Bowie being the two names talked about most, fans expected to see both players go on the second day in late rounds. But while it did come on the second day, the later rounds were not where the Raiders and Eagles saw the former cornerback or tight end.
The Raiders picked Bowie with a draft choice they acquired from New England for Randy Moss. A pre-draft visitor, Bowie impressed several teams as being the fasted player involved with the first annual Texas vs. The Nation, timing out at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash.
While injuries may have hurt his career as a Bearcat, his senior season showed the skill level good enough to for the Raiders to spend a fourth round pick (#110 overall) on Bowie.
A fan favorite, Brent Celek was everyone’s pick to be drafted by an NFL team. While those across the country may not have known much about the local Cincinnati product, Bearcat fans became well aware of what Celek brought to the field. Intense, with the desire to overcome all the odds made Celek one of the greatest Bearcats of all time. Several times during his career he made catches and turned them into memorable touchdown runs.
Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round (162 overall) placed Celek with the right team looking for a tight end for the future. After a great camp Celek will look to continue his improvement and stick with the Eagles for many years to come.