Quack Fix: Four Ducks selected in NFL Draft, two more signed as undrafted free agents

Doug Pensinger

The busy weekend in Oregon sports was highlighted by the NFL Draft. All that and more below.

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  • Despite no one's name being called in the first round. four Ducks were drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft. Josh Huff went back with Chip Kelly as the Eagles selected Huff in the third round. The Chiefs scooped up De'Anthony Thomas (Dante Hall 2.0, anyone?) in the 4th round. Kelly once again grabbed a Duck off the board as Taylor Hart was selected by the Eagles in the fifth round. Finally, Terrence Mitchell was drafted in the seventh round by the Dallas Cowboys. Among those who went undrafted were Boseko Lokombo, Brian Jackson, Avery Patterson and (surprise, surprise) Colt Lyerla.
  • After winning its second straight Pac-12 title, the Oregon softball team earned the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Oregon will host Albany, Utah Valley and Wisconsin in the Regional round at Howe Field May 16-18. While it's always hard to predict what happens in the postseason, it appears as if Utah Valley won't stick around too long in the tournament as they enter the bracket with an 18-40 record this season. They got in by winning the WAC tournament, beating New Mexico State for the title.
  • The IAAF World Junior Championships are coming to Hayward Field this summer, and Eugene is going to get a little crowded. As the deadline for preliminary entries closed, it was reported that 177 nations will be descending upon Tracktown USA this July. The meet, which will be held July 22-27, is expected to be a dress rehearsal of sorts as Eugene prepares a bid for the 2019 IAAF World Championships.
  • While they may not have been drafted, two former Ducks found homes in the NFL through free agency as Wade Keliikipi and Ricky Havili-Heimuli signed with the Eagles and Jaguars, respectively. Havili-Heimuli announced the news via Instagram by posting a picture of Jacksonville's logo.
  • The Oregonian's John Canzano delivered a column on Friday that sparked quite a bit of chatter regarding the dark cloud hanging over the Ducks' basketball program currently. You can read the article and gather an opinion for yourself, but the theme Canzano is going for here is that of a cover-up. Whatever your opinions of Canzano are, the article is definitely worth a read.

Tweet of the Day

The Twitter feed of De'Anthony Thomas is always entertaining, and we were proud to see this tweet (IN ALL CAPS OF COURSE) as he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs.

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