The dividend from Missouri’s rise to prominence comes this weekend.

The dividend from Missouri’s rise to prominence comes this weekend.
Perhaps a half-dozen Tigers could get selected in the NFL draft. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is a certain first round pick, and maybe defensive tackle Ziggy Hood, too.
Tight end Chase Coffman, who holds the NCAA record for career receptions at his position, could get a call on the first day. Not one but two quarterbacks could get picked, with backup Chase Patton impressing scouts perhaps more than former Heisman Trophy finalist Chase Daniel.
Safety William Moore, defensive end Stryker Sulak and linebacker Brock Christopher also have reason to be hopeful.
According to NFLDraftScout.com, Maclin is the 10th best draft-eligible player on the board. Hood is 26th on the list, Moore 57th, Coffman 64th.
St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney said several Tigers are on his team’s board, although he didn’t want to talk about specifics.
“I would just say it’s become one of the great visits for scouts,” Devaney said. “There are so many quality players there, and they treat the scouts right.
“They do a tremendous job of getting their players prepared for the NFL, and it’s a bumper crop this year.”
Coach Gary Pinkel said Missouri’s increased NFL presence is a byproduct of the winning. The Tigers are coming off back-to-back 10-plus win seasons for the first time in school history.
“To win at the highest level, you have to have high-level players,” Pinkel said. “We’re excited about those kids, and almost all of them have their degrees except for J-Mac, who’s one year away.
“I’m real proud of that.”
Maclin, NFL-ready after two electric seasons, made visits to the Rams, Bengals, Browns, Jets and Lions. Plus, Raiders assistant James Lofton came to St. Louis, Maclin’s hometown, for a personal interview.
“Al Davis loves speed,” said Maclin’s agent, Jim Steiner, referring to the Raiders owner.
Maclin caught 102 passes for a 12.4-yard average and 13 touchdowns, had a 7.3-yard rushing average with two more scores and returned a punt and kickoff for a touchdown as a sophomore.
Steiner expects Maclin to be chosen somewhere in the top 10. But he doesn’t have a good read where Maclin will land.
“I really can’t predict this one,” Steiner said. “With a broad brush, I’d say he’d definitely go in the top 20.”
Coffman is still recovering from a broken foot sustained in the Tigers’ Alamo Bowl victory, which could affect his status. Despite missing two games due to injury, the sure-handed tight end caught 90 passes with 10 touchdowns his senior season.
The 300-pound Hood clogged the middle on defense, and had five sacks and seven tackles for loss. Moore had one interception during an injury-hindered senior year, after getting eight interceptions as a junior to tie for the best in the nation.
Daniel completed 72.9 percent of his passes for 39 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, a drop-off from his junior year when he was fourth in the Heisman balloting, and would have been hindered on draft weekend by his 6-foot size in any case. He was hindered by a sprained ligament on his right thumb late in the season.
Patton, the backup throughout his career, threw only 18 passes as a senior while Missouri also readied freshman Blaine Gabbert for 2009. Sulak led Missouri with 10.5 sacks and Christopher was the second-leading tackler.