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Most NFL drafts are chock full of stars from powerhouse football factories like Ohio State, USC, Florida and Oklahoma, but a few sleepers always hear their names called in the first round.’s Thomas Neumann unveiled his all-time mock draft and UT Spartan John Matuszak came off the board quite early.

The Denver Broncos selected the 6-foot-9-inch, 280 pound Matuszak with the 18th overall selection, one spot ahead of the home team Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

According to Neumann, Matuszak’s fall down draft boards stemmed more from his character concerns than level of competition.

Perhaps if some NFL general manager were evaluating Matuszak today, the biggest character concern would be if Sloth could hold up against the likes of Orlando Pace, the

second overall selection and top offensive lineman in this draft.

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