Guilford’s John Moffitt wasted no time making an impression in Seattle. He already has the media in the Rainy City eating out of his hand.
On a conference call shortly after he was taken in the third round (75th overall) of the NFL Draft by the Seahawks Friday night, Moffitt was drawing big laughs. Asked if he was always one of the oldest kids in his class (he is 24), Moffitt deadpanned that he took a year off to join the Peace Corps.
When a reporter asked a follow-up question, Moffitt had to come clean.
“I’m kidding. I didn’t join the Peace Corps. You know what happened, I transferred high schools and I repeated a year in high school. I didn’t want to tell you I’m like Billy Madison. The Peace Corps thing sounds so much better, so if you guys want to print that, feel free.”
So much for being nervous.
Moffitt, a 6-foot-4, 323-pound All-American offensive lineman at Wisconsin last fall, is the lone player with Connecticut ties taken in the draft so far. The first round was Thurday; rounds two and three were Friday. The seven-round draft concludes today (ESPN, noon).
Moffitt graduated from Notre Dame-West Haven in 2005, where he was a Register All-State selection.
The Seahawks, apparently addressing their weak run game, also took an offensive lineman – Alabama tackle James Carpenter – with their first-round pick (25th overall) on Thursday. Seattle ranked 31st in the NFL in rushing last season. It traded its second-round pick to Detroit earlier Friday, so Moffitt was the team’s second pick in the draft.
At Wisconsin, Moffitt was a first-team All-Big 10 Conference selection the past two seasons, and an Associated Press first-team All-American last fall.
He started 36 of his final 37 games for the Badgers, including all 13 last season, and was a key part of an offense that ranked fourth in the nation scoring 45.2 points per game, the second highest in Big Ten history. Wisconsin ranked 12th in the country in rushing behind Moffitt and Badgers tackle Gabe Carimi, taken by the Chicago Bears in the first round.
Among the players with the best chance to be drafted today are UConn tailback Jordan Todman, linebackers Lawrence Wilson and Scott Lutrus, offensive lineman Zach Hurd and fullback Anthony Sherman. New Haven’s Martin Parker, a defensive lineman at Richmond, is also expected to be selected.