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Understanding Gene Coding: The DNA of a GM Gene Draft Pick

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  • Tyson Alualu, DT – Senior, Captain twice, 3-year starter, All-Pac 10, played DE/DT, Team MVP as senior, Joe Roth Award winner
  • D’Anthony Smith, DT – Senior, starter 44/50 games, Captain, All-WAC, All-Louisiana
  • Larry Hart, DE – Senior, Southland Conference Defensive MVP twice, FCS All-American twice
  • Austen Lane, DE – Senior, Captain, 4 year starter, All-American, All-OVC, Single-season team record holder for sacks, OVC Defensive MVP
  • Deji Karim, RB/ST – Red-Shirt Senior, All-SWJCFC, FCS Rushing Lead as Senior, All-American, MVFC Offensive MVP, Walter Payton Award 3rd Place
  • Scotty McGee, CB/ST – Senior, All-CAA Returner, All-American Returner


  • Eugene Monroe, OT – Senior, Captain, 3 year starter, All-ACC, Jacobs Blocking Trophy Award Winner (to best blocker in ACC), School Record Holder in Knockdown Blocks, played multiple OL positions, Honorable All-American
  • Eben Britton, OT – Red Shirt Junior, 3-year starter, played both OT positions, Honorable Mention All-American, All-Pac-10, School Record Holder in Knockdowns, Freshman All-American
  • Terrence Knighton, DT – Senior, Captain, 3 year starter, team MVP as Junior, Degree in Criminal Justice, Special Teams contributor
  • Derek Cox, CB – Senior, 2x Team Captain, 3 year starter, All-CAA, Degree in Marketing
  • Mike Thomas, WR – Senior, 4 year Starter, Set Pac-10 reception Record, All-Pac-10 as a WR and PR
  • Jarrett Dillard, WR – Senior, Starter for 46/49 games, NCAA TD reception leader, 1 of 10 players to gain over 4,000 receiving yards in NCAA History, All-American, All-Conference USA, finalist for Biletnikoff Award
  • Zach Miller, TE – Senior, 3x Team Captain, QB, All-MIA, All-NCC
  • Rashad Jennings, RB – Senior, Captain, Big South Conference Rushing Record Holder, All-American, All-Big South, Big South OMVP
  • Tiquan Underwood, WR – Senior, Captain, AFCA “Good Works” Team Member, Loyal Knight Award Winner (Good Character and Commitment), All-American, All-Big East

To resummarize the GM Gene Draft Criterion:

  • 1. Big men first, big men early, and big men often.
  • 2. Consistent performers/Starters
  • 3. All-Accolades
  • 4. Good Character
  • 5. Team Captain
  • 6. The best rated player will be drafted, whether one has been drafted in that position or not.
  • 7. Senior
  • 8. High Motor

All of the players fit most, if not all of the requirements, so, when looking at mock drafts or trying to compile your own, take these requirements into consideration. Don’t be surprised by GM Gene anymore, now you’ll know where his head is and why he drafts who he drafts.

– Jason Love