Thursday, April 21, 2011

On this day in Sun Devil History: Archuleta and Heap drafted in first round

ASU has had two players taken in the first round of an NFL draft three times.  The last such occasion was on April 21, 2001 when Adam Archuleta went to the Rams with the 20th overall pick, and Todd Heap went to the Ravens at #31.  In hindsight, of course, Heap turned out to be a steal, while Archuleta's "tweener" status (too small to be a linebacker, too slow for safety) meant that he never fulfilled his high expectations, although the Redskins did sign him to the richest contract ever for a safety.  However, in many ways Archuleta may be the most successful athlete in ASU history, since his wife is one of the most beautiful women in the world.

Above all other variables, talent results in wins in college football.  There is no better way to explain Dirk Koetter's failure at ASU than to note that he did not recruit a single future NFL first round draft pick during his tenure.

A few weeks before the draft, ESPN guru Mel Kiper interviewed Todd Heap and asked him about his decision to leave ASU a year early.

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