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April 27, 2013

James Cook: TC's Keyton hopes to hear name called at draft


It’s also a good sign that if his name isn’t announced today, he’ll get a phone call not long after the final pick. Keyton said he doesn’t know when — or if — he’ll go Saturday.

“The draft is just too crazy,” said Keyton, who at 6-3, 300 pounds has prototypical NFL size for a guard or center and the versatility to play both. “My dad, when he got drafted, he never talked to the Patriots, and the Patriots ended up drafting him.”

His father, James, was an eighth-round pick out of Arizona State in 1984 by New England, and played later played offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Wranglers of the United States Football League. says “Nasty, small-area blocker with good size and growth potential. Quick off the snap, attacks assignments, and is always looking for someone to hit” and “Keyton is an underrated blocking prospect with the ability to line up at any of the three interior offensive line positions.”

Keyton said Fisher’s selection at No. 1 overall is another huge boost for Central Michigan’s football program. The Chippewas alone had as many first-round draft picks as the entire Big Ten. The count: One (Fisher, No. 1) to one (Wisconsin center Travis Frederick, at No. 31 overall).

“It’s a lot of great publicity for CMU,” Keyton said. “It shows that MAC schools are just as good as the big-time schools.”



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