When you think of players in the National Football League who have revolutionized the tight end position, names like Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez, Rob Gronkowski, and the recently retired Heath Miller (obligatory Pittsburgh Steelers fan reference) come to mind.
You can now add Drake the Devil to that list.
Drake the Devil, the mascot of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, is looking to make an impact in this weekend’s NFL Draft in Chicago. Which is even more impressive considering USciences, formerly known as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, doesn’t even have a football team.
But, that’s not stopping our new favorite 6-foot-6, 225 pound tight end who, as best as we can tell, hails from “parts unknown” (although, if one were to guess, the prevailing opinion might be an Eastern Pennsylvania prep power such as Downingtown East or Garnet Valley) from getting his name out there to potential suitors.
— Devils Athletics (@USciencesDevils) April 28, 2016
There sure are a lot of teams in the NFL who could use this rising superstar. But, really, is there any other team in the NFL that would be a perfect fit for Drake than the Philadelphia Eagles?
Think about it … this is the franchise which made Vince Papale a household name and has developed a couple of cult heroes at tight end (hello, Chad Lewis and Brent Celek) and has a rabid, if somewhat deranged, following despite not having won an NFL title since 1960.
And, the brain trust in South Philly certainly has a lot of draft picks to work with this year (much to the purported dismay of one Sam Bradford).
Who knows? The steal of the draft could be plucked from this unheralded program nestled at the corner of 43rd and Woodland in West Philly. After all, Philadelphia is a city that worships the underdog (see: Rocky Balboa).
If I’m a defensive coordinator in the NFC East, I’d be pretty concerned if Drake the Devil hops on the 11 trolley and grabs the Broad Street Subway to continue his pro career. Because Drake the Devil could become the best new offensive weapon for the Philadelphia Eagles since … um, let me get back to you on that one.
But, if the NFL doesn’t work out, there’s always the CFL. I have a feeling Drake the Devil would fit in quite nicely in “The Six” (that’s Toronto for our non-Canadian friends).