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“It will be a great thing because I’ll have a lot of support there,” Gettis said. “It’s hard to get drafted, and it’s an honor that some team wants you bad enough to draft you. I’m already in game mode. I’m just looking forward to playing football.”
Gettis wasn’t the only player with a Central Texas connection picked on the final day of the seven round draft. Former University High School star Perrish Cox, an all Big 12 defensive back and kick returner for Oklahoma State, was drafted in the fifth round by the Denver Broncos.
Meanwhile, at least five Baylor seniors have agreed with NFL teams to try out as free agents, including linebacker Joe Pawelek with the Seattle Seahawks, defensive tackle Trey Bryant with the St. Louis Rams, defensive end Jason Lamb with the New York Jets, receiver Ernest Smith with the San Diego Chargers, and deep snapper Carter Brunelle with the Green Bay Packers.
Pawelek, a four time all Big 12 choice, said he felt Seattle was the best fit for him. NFL teams are holding minicamps for rookies next weekend, and Pawelek is looking forward to getting his feet wet with the Seahawks.
“It’s great to have an opportunity, and that’s all I can ask for,” Pawelek said. “Seattle plays a 4 3 defense and they’re looking for a backup middle linebacker. I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t drafted. But there’s not a lot of difference in getting picked in the sixth or seventh round and being a free agent.”
Former Baylor safety Jordan Lake said Saturday night that he hadn’t been invited to a camp.
After three erratic seasons with the Bears, Gettis improved his draft stock with a solid senior year, as he made 52 catches for 675 yards and three touchdowns. He was invited to the NFL combine in Indianapolis in February, and impressed scouts with his 4.4 speed in the 40 yard dash and his route running ability.
Gettis is the first Baylor receiver to be drafted since Melvin Bonner was taken in the sixth round by Denver in 1993.
“I talked to Carolina at the combine, but I hadn’t really heard much from them since then,” Gettis said. “But I’m sure everything’s going to work out.”
Gettis, who watched the draft in Los Angeles with his family, noticed that the Panthers were targeting offensive skill players. Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen was picked in the second round followed by LSU receiver Brandon LaFell in the third. The Panthers added Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards later in the third round with plans to convert him to receiver.
“I think Jimmy Clausen will be a great addition,” Gettis said. “I got to know Brandon LaFell at the combine, so it will be good to know somebody in the Panthers’ organization. It will be good to learn from (Panthers’ All Pro receiver) Steve Smith. I just want to be the best I can possibly be.”
Cox was drafted by the Broncos after a superb senior year in which he led the nation in passes defended with 1.73 per game. He also had 36 tackles and four interceptions while averaging 20.9 yards on kickoff returns and 10.4 yards on punt returns.
Cox was suspended for Oklahoma State’s Cotton Bowl game against Mississippi for violating team policy.
Jerry Jones stuck to his pre draft declaration that the Dallas Cowboys wouldn’t be “hostage to any position,” despite obvious holes on the offensive line and at safety.
But on the third day of the draft, Dallas finally addressed its two primary needs after moving down and getting an extra pick.
Dallas got defensive back kick returner Akwasi Owusu Ansah from NCAA Division II Indiana Pennsylvania with the 126th overall pick Saturday, after sliding down seven spots in a fourth round swap of picks with Miami. That also got the Cowboys an extra pick in the sixth round, which Jones used on Notre Dame offensive tackle Sam Young at 179th overall.
“We’ve got some players that will play immediately,” Jones said, reiterating the decisions to go with Bryant and Lee before the other picks.
The Cowboys also Saturday got Texas Tech cornerback Jamar Wall with their other sixth round pick, 196th overall. They selected 6 foot 3, 298 pound defensive tackle Sean Lissemore from William and Mary with the 234th overall pick in the seventh round.
After Dallas made the last of its six picks, only the second time in 10 drafts with that few, Jones said he planned to sign a large number of rookie free agents as many as 16 or more.
Plus, Jones was going to look for veteran free agents at safety and offensive tackle to add depth.
“In both cases, we’ll probably still look,” Jones said. “If a veteran situation really interests us, then we’ll pursue that.”
Needing to add depth after releasing five time Pro Bowl left tackle Flozell Adams and safety Ken Hamlin earlier this month, the Cowboys instead used their only two picks in the first three rounds for a receiver and a linebacker.
Jones expects to fourth year player Doug Free to replace Adams at left tackle, though Free’s seven starts at the end of last season came at right tackle for injured Marc Colombo.