The preparations for next Saturday’s NFL Draft pick in Rock Island are rolling along and one of the big developments is that former Augustana and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson will be making the sixth-round pick on behalf of a team.
“Well you know, the NFL is coming back to Rock Island,” Anderson said. “Back in 1967 a lot of people came out to watch me play and I didn’t even realize that Rock Island was one of the original teams of the National Football League back in 1920. So it was kind of exciting when I heard they were gonna make the sixth-round picks from original NFL cities and do it on-campus from Augustana. We worked it out really quickly that I was gonna be back for that weekend.”
Now as far as the actual pick is concerned, Local 4 Sports reached out to league sources on Wednesday to try and confirm the team. They told us the situation will likely be fluid until after the completion of the third round on that Friday night.
“I talked with people from the college who asked if I was willing to come back on this, but we’re still trying to work it out. We’re hoping I’m going to make a Bengals pick, but Dayton, Ohio was also one of the original cities and the Bengals have five, sixth-round picks so they were planning on doing them from Dayton. I’m trying to convince them and the league to try and do one from Rock Island. There’s a lot of great stuff going on that day of the draft. They’ve got football clinics that the football players at Augie and Rocky and Alleman are going to be putting on. You have to register for those. A lot of fun activities for kids. I think they’ve got goodie bags for kids that show up, live music, and I’m going to be there the whole day, so I hope everybody comes out.”