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Official NFL Release

HEISMAN TO FIRST OVERALL: Quarterback SAM BRADFORD, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2008, became just the ninth winner of the award to be selected first overall since the inception of the common NFL Draft in 1967. Cincinnati Bengals QB CARSON PALMER was the most recent such player after being selected with the top pick in 2003.

HEISMAN TROPHY WINNERS SELECTED FIRST OVERALL (SINCE 1967)

PLAYER

YEAR DRAFTED

YEAR OF HEISMAN

TEAM

SCHOOL

O.J. Simpson

1969

1968

Buffalo

USC

Jim Plunkett

1971

1970

New England

Stanford

Earl Campbell

1978

1977

Houston

Texas

Billy Sims

1980

1978

Detroit

Oklahoma

George Rodgers

1981

1980

New Orleans

South Carolina

Bo Jackson

1986

1985

Tampa Bay

Auburn

Vinny Testaverde

1987

1986

Tampa Bay

Miami

Carson Palmer

2003

2002

Cincinnati

USC

Sam Bradford

2010

2008

St. Louis

Oklahoma

In addition to Bradford, 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning QB TIM TEBOW was the No. 25 overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, marking just the third time since 1990 that two Heisman Trophy winners were selected in the same draft.

HEISMAN TROPHY WINNERS SELECTED IN SAME DRAFT (SINCE 1990)

PLAYER

DRAFT YEAR

HEISMAN YEAR

TEAM

ROUND (PICK)

SCHOOL

Desmond Howard

1992

1991

Washington

Round 1, No. 4

Michigan

Ty Detmer

1992

1990

Green Bay

Round 9, No. 230

BYU

Reggie Bush

2006

2005

New Orleans

Round 1, No. 2

USC

Matt Leinart

2006

2004

Arizona

Round 1, No. 10

USC

Sam Bradford

2010

2008

St. Louis

Round 1, No. 1

Oklahoma

Tim Tebow

2010

2007

Denver

Round 1, No. 25

Florida

BOOMER SOONER!: Oklahoma became the first college in NFL Draft history to have three players selected among the first four picks: Bradford (No. 1 overall, St. Louis), defensive tackle GERALD MC COY (No. 3 overall, Tampa Bay) and tackleTRENT WILLIAMS (No. 4 overall, Washington).

In addition to Oklahoma, only four other schools have had three players selected in the top five in the same year in NFL Draft history: Southern California (1977), Michigan State (1967), Alabama (1948) and Notre Dame (1946).

1946 NOTRE DAME

1948 ALABAMA

PLAYER

TEAM

DRAFTED

PLAYER

TEAM

DRAFTED

Boley Dancewicz

Boston Yanks

Round 1, No. 1

Harry Gilmer

Washington

Round 1, No. 1

Johnny Lujack

Chicago Bears

Round 1, No. 4

Lowell Tew

Washington

Round 1, No. 4

George Connor

N.Y. Giants

Round 1, No. 5

Vaughn Mancha

Boston Yanks

Round 1, No. 5

1967 MICHIGAN STATE

1977 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

PLAYER

TEAM

DRAFTED

PLAYER

TEAM

DRAFTED

Bubba Smith

Baltimore Colts

Round 1, No. 1

Ricky Bell

Tampa Bay

Round 1, No. 1

Clint Jones

Minnesota

Round 1, No. 2

Marvin Powell

N.Y. Jets

Round 1, No. 4

George Webster

Houston Oilers

Round 1, No. 5

Gary Jeter

N.Y. Giants

Round 1, No. 5

Bradford, McCoy and Williams were in attendance at Radio City Music Hall to hear their names called, as Oklahoma also became the first school to have three players attend the draft since Penn State in 1995.

That year, running back KI-JANA CARTER, quarterback KERRY COLLINS and tight end KYLE BRADY were all on site for the selection meeting, which was held for the first time at New York's famed Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Carter was selected No. 1 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals, while Collins became the first draft choice in the history of the Carolina Panthers franchise (No. 5 overall). Brady was taken with the ninth overall pick by the New York Jets.

1995 PENN STATE

2010 OKLAHOMA

PLAYER

TEAM

DRAFTED

PLAYER

TEAM

DRAFTED

Ki-Jana Carter

Cincinnati

Round 1, No. 1

Sam Bradford

St. Louis

Round 1, No. 1

Kerry Collins

Carolina

Round 1, No. 5

Gerald McCoy

Tampa Bay

Round 1, No. 3

Kyle Brady

N.Y. Jets

Round 1, No. 9

Trent Williams

Washington

Round 1, No. 4


BERRY PICKING: 2008 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and two-time AP All-American Tennessee safety ERIC BERRY, the No. 5 overall pick of Kansas City, is just the fifth safety to be selected in the top five in the past 30 years. The most recent top-five selection at the safety position was SEAN TAYLOR in 2004.

SAFETIES SELECTED IN TOP FIVE (SINCE 1980)

YEAR

PLAYER

TEAM

SCHOOL

OVERALL SELECTION

1981

Kenny Easley

Seattle

UCLA

4

1988

Bennie Blades

Detroit

Miami (FL)

3

1991

Eric Turner

Cleveland

UCLA

2

2004

Sean Taylor

Washington

Miami (FL)

5

2010

Eric Berry

Kansas City

Tennessee

5


THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM: Record-setting, Heisman Trophy-winning (2007), two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2007 and 2009) award-winning Florida quarterback TIM TEBOW became just the fourth Florida quarterback to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in program history:


YEAR

PLAYER

TEAM

OVERALL SELECTION

1967

Steve Spurrier

San Francisco

3

1972

John Reaves

Philadelphia

14

2003

Rex Grossman

Chicago

22

2010

Tim Tebow

Denver

25


BIG XII TANDEM: Nebraska defensive tackle NDAMUKONG SUH (No. 2 overall, Detroit) and his Oklahoma counterpart Gerald McCoy (No. 3 overall, Tampa Bay) became just the fourth and fifth Big XII defensive linemen, respectively, to be selected in the top 10 since the inception of the conference.

Suh, who has already pledged to donate $2.6 million to Nebraska, was named AP Defensive Player of the Year in the Big XII Conference. McCoy was a two-time All-Big XII first-team selection on the defensive line.


BIG XII DEFENSIVE LINEMEN SELECTED IN THE TOP 10 (SINCE 1997*)

YEAR

PLAYER

COLLEGE

TEAM

OVERALL SELECTION

1998

Grant Wistrom

Nebraska

St. Louis

6

2001

Justin Smith

Missouri

Cincinnati

4

2003

Kevin Williams

Oklahoma State

Minnesota

9

2010

Ndamukong Suh

Nebraska

Detroit

2

2010

Gerald McCoy

Oklahoma

Tampa Bay

3

* Big XII conference was formed in 1996, making 1997 NFL Draft first since the conference's inception.

SOUTH FLORIDA RECORD: Defensive end JASON PIERRE-PAUL (No. 15 overall by the New York Giants) became the highest-drafted player in South Florida history. He is the second USF player to be selected in the first round, joining cornerback MIKE JENKINS (No. 25 overall by the Dallas Cowboys in 2008).

The four players in South Florida history to be selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft:

YEAR

PLAYER

TEAM

DRAFTED

2003

LB Kawika Mitchell

Kansas City

Round 2, No. 47 overall

2008

DB Mike Jenkins

Dallas

Round 1, No. 25 overall

2009

LB Tyrone McKenzie

New England

Round 3, No. 97 overall

2010

DE Jason Pierre-Paul

N.Y. Giants

Round 1, No. 15 overall



SOME FIRSTS - AND RARITIES - IN YESTERDAY'S FIRST ROUND

  • THERE WERE two defensive tackles taken in the top 5 - Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy. This marks the first draft since 1992 that two DTs were taken in the top 5, when STEVE EMTMAN (No. 1 overall, Indianapolis) and SEAN GILBERT (No. 3 overall, L.A. Rams) were selected.

  • FOR THE FIRST TIME in school history, two players from Rutgers were selected in Round 1 of an NFL Draft. TackleANTHONY DAVIS (No. 11 overall by San Francisco) and defensive back DEVIN MC COURTY No. 28 overall by New England) were both first-round picks.

  • GUARD MIKE IUPATI (No. 17 overall by San Francisco) is the second Idaho player to be selected in the first round, joining RAY MC DONALD (No. 13 overall by Washington in 1967).

  • BOISE STATE defensive back KYLE WILSON became the first defensive player in school history to be chosen in Round 1. Denver tackle RYAN CLADY (No. 12 overall in 2008) is the only other Boise State player to be tabbed in the first round.