State draft roundup: Eagles nab former King standout Maddox in 4th round
Avonte Maddox, a former standout in the defensive backfield at Detroit King, was selected by the world champion Philadelphia Eagles with the 25th pick of the fourth round (125th overall).
Rated by 247sports as a three-star prospect coming out of King, Maddox committed to Pittsburgh, where he was an immediate contributor as he played in all 13 games as a freshman. After starting all 13 games at cornerback as a sophomore in 2015, Maddox missed three games in 2016 and two in 2017 due to injury.
Maddox recorded eight interceptions over the course of his collegiate career, including a pair during in 2017. During his senior campaign he had a team-high 11 pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He earned All-ACC honors from both the media (second team) and the coaches (third team).
At 5-foot-9, 184 pounds, Maddox is a bit undersized for today’s NFL defensive backs. He makes up for that with his speed, as he recorded a 4.39 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine.
Oak Park's Kelly goes to Rams
Tennessee running back John Kelly was taken early in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Rams.
Kelly, who played his high school ball for Greg Carter at Oak Park, decided to pass up his senior year to enter the draft.
Kelly, a physical downhill runner at 5-10 and 215 pounds, opened his junior year by running for 128 yards and four TDs in a 42-41 (2OT) win over Georgia Tech.
Kelly had three 100-plus yard games in the first four games, but the Vols finished 4-8, costing Butch Jones his job as head coach.
Kelly finished with 778 yards and 9 TDs.
Ravens tab Ferris State's Sieler
The Baltimore Ravens were impressed with Ferris State defensive end Zach Sieler, picking him the seventh round, No. 238 overall.
The Ravens had reason to want the 6-6, 290-pound Sieler, who was the two-time GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Sieler put himself on the radar during his junior year when he had 29½ tackles for loss, including 19½ sacks.
Sieler made 16½ tackles for loss this past fall, including six sacks. He grabbed the interest of NFL scouts when he worked out at Michigan pro day and was timed at 4.8 in the 40-yard dash while having 31 reps on the 225-pound bench press.
Broncos duo signs
Though they didn't get drafted, Western Michigan running back Jarvion Franklin signed with the Steelers while tight end Donnie Ernsberger signed with the Buccaneers.
Franklin rushed for 4,867 yards and 52 touchdowns in four seasons with Western. Ernsberger recorded 45 catches for 528 and five TDs in four seasons at WMU.