Golden Tate has been playing wide receiver for three years and in that
time has taken home the Biletnikoff Award as college football's most
outstanding receiver. Although his lack of height that concerns scouts
won't change between now and April's NFL Draft, Tate can make a big
case to be a first round draft pick this weekend.
Tate is one of five Notre Dame players partaking in the NFL Combine
this weekend. QB Jimmy Clausen, S Kyle McCarthy, C Eric Olsen, and OT Sam
Young will also be in attendance over the weekend but most interested
Irish eyes will be on Tate to see if he makes enough of a case to be a
first round pick.
Irish fans would like to see Tate get selected in the first round as a
sense of pride and because chances are he will play for a playoff or
Super Bowl contender right away. I'm sure Golden would love to play
for a Super Bowl right away but the difference in money between a first
round and second round draft pick can be stunning.
A year ago Ziggy Hood made $1,192,675 for the Steelers as the 32nd pick
in the draft, the final first round selection. By comparison, Louis
Delmas of the Lions made $855,000 as the first pick in the second
round, a difference of $263,535 or roughly 30%.
There is no doubt Tate will be leaving everything on the field on
Sunday as that is the day wide receivers and quarterbacks take the
field and perform their drills. If Tate puts up quality numbers then
rumors to the Jets wanting to take him with the 29th overall pick may
gain a bit more steam. If not he could fall not only to the early second round
but mid to late second round which would mean a loss of big money for
What has Golden been doing to prep for the combine you ask? ESPN
recently ran this feature about how he has worked his tail off and the
comparisons they make will surprise you.
Good luck to Golden and all others representing the University of Notre Dame this weekend!