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Watkins, Taylor to Attend NFL Draft




April 25, 2011


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WACO, Texas – Baylor’s Danny Watkins and Phil Taylor are among the league-record 25 players that will attend the 2011 NFL Draft this week at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The previous high was last year, when 17 prospects were on hand at Radio City for the celebration of the 75th NFL Draft, the first-ever in primetime.

Baylor is one of five schools with multiple NFL Draft attendees, joining Alabama, Auburn, Missouri and UCLA; Alabama leads all schools with three attendees. In all, six players will represent the Big 12 Conference at the NFL Draft, second only to nine from the SEC.

Both Watkins and Taylor are projected by many experts to be drafted within the first 32 picks. Watkins, a former Canadian firefighter, is bringing five of his firefighting friends with him to New York for the Draft. Prior to the start of the Draft, Watkins plans to pay his respects at Ground Zero in Manhattan. Sic ‘em Sports Productions will be in New York this week to follow Watkins and Taylor; updates can be found on BaylorBears.com.

The 2011 NFL Draft will begin Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. CDT with Round 1. It will continue Friday, April 29, at 5 p.m. CDT with Rounds 2-3 and conclude Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m. CDT with Rounds 4-7. NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2 will provide television coverage on all three days.

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2011 NFL DRAFT ATTENDEES
Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
Adrian Clayborn, DE Iowa
Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
Mark Herzlich, LB, Boston College
Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Cameron Jordan, DE, California
Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
Tyron Smith, T, USC
Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
Danny Watkins, G, Baylor
J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech


 BAYLOR DRAFT FACTS

Highest Draft Pick: No. 2 overall – three times: 1942 (Jack Wilson to Cleveland Rams), 1950 (Adrian Burk to Baltimore Colts) & 2009 (Jason Smith to St. Louis Rams)
Last 1st-round pick: 2009, Jason Smith (OL) No. 2 to St. Louis Rams
Total 1st-round selections all-time: 15 [see list below]
Last time BU had 2 1st-round draftees: 1957 (B Del Shofner No. 11 to L.A. Rams & G Bill Glass No. 12 to Detroit Lions)
Last time BU had 2 draftees in first 2 rounds: 1990 (LB James Francis No. 12 in 1st to Cincinnati Bengals & DB Robert Blackmon No. 34 in 2nd to Seattle Seahawks)
Last time BU had more than 2 players drafted: 1996 (5 players drafted)


 BAYLOR ALL-TIME FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICKS
YEAR NO. PLAYER POS. TEAM
1942 2 Jack Wilson B Cleveland Rams
1950 2 Adrian Burk QB Baltimore Colts
1952 7 Larry Isbell B Washington Redskins
1954 5 Cotton Davidson QB Baltimore Colts
1957 11 Del Shofner B Los Angeles Rams
1957 12 Bill Glass G Detroit Lions
1959 9 Paul Dickson T Los Angeles Rams
1962 7 Ronnie Bull HB Chicago Bears
1965 10 Lawrence Elkins E Green Bay Packers
1977 10 Gary Green DB Kansas City Chiefs
1979 28 Greg Hawthorne RB Pittsburgh Steelers
1982 12 Walter Abercrombie RB Pittsburgh Steelers
1990 12 James Francis LB Cincinnati Bengals
1996 20 Daryl Gardener DT Miami Dolphins
2009 2 Jason Smith OT St. Louis Rams

 

 

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