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Baylor Trio to Attend 2012 NFL Draft

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BAYLOR'S NFL DRAFT CENTRAL


WACO, Texas - Baylor's Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright are among the league-record 26 players that will attend the 2012 NFL Draft April 26 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Baylor head coach Art Briles will also be in attendance. Griffin III and Wright are projected to be drafted within the first 32 picks. RG3, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, is expected to go No. 2 overall to the Washington Redskins. Prior to Briles' arrival, Baylor had only 14 first-round NFL Draft picks.

The 2012 NFL Draft will commence Thu., April 26, with Round 1 at 7 p.m. CDT. It will continue Fri., April 27, with Rounds 2-3 at 6 p.m. CDT and conclude with Rounds 4-7 on Sat., April 28, at 11 a.m. CDT. NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2 will provide constant coverage for all three days. Baylor's Sic `em Sports Productions will be in New York to follow RG3 and Wright; updates can be found at BaylorBears.com and by following the Official Baylor Football Twitter feed, @BUFootball.

According to the seven-round mock draft by Chad Reuter of NFL.com, Baylor is projected to have at least three players drafted in the first three rounds for the first time since 1987 (three in first three rounds). There's only been two instances when three or more Baylor players have been chosen in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft - 1959 (four in first three rounds / three in first two rounds) and 1987 (four in first four rounds / three in first three rounds).

Baylor is one of six schools with multiple NFL Draft attendees, joining Alabama, LSU, Stanford, South Carolina and USC. Defending BCS national champion Alabama leads all schools with five attendees. In all, four players will represent the Big 12 Conference at the NFL Draft.

Baylor and defending BCS national champion Alabama are the only schools to have multiple NFL Draft attendees in each of the last two years.

2012 NFL DRAFT ATTENDEES
Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
Robert Griffin III, QB, BAYLOR

Don't'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Shea McClellin, LB, Boise State
Nick Perry, DE, USC
Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama
Kendall Wright, WR, BAYLOR

 BAYLOR NFL 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: 2011 (OL Danny Watkins, No. 23 to Philadelphia)
Total 1st-round selections all-time: 17 [see list below]
Last time BU had 2 1st-round draftees: 2011 (Phil Taylor, No. 21 to Cleveland Browns; Danny Watkins, No. 23 to Philadelphia Eagles)
Last time BU had 2 draftees in first 2 rounds: 2011 (Taylor, Watkins)
Last time BU had 3 draftees in first 3 rounds: 1987 (Ron Francis, Round 2 / No. 39 to Dallas Cowboys; Ray Berry, Round 2 / No. 44 to Minnesota Vikings; Cody Carlson, Round 3 / No. 64 to Houston Oilers)
Last time BU had 3 draftees in first 4 rounds: 1987 (Francis; Berry; Carlson)
Last time BU had 4 draftees in first 3 rounds: 1959 (Paul Dickson, Round 1 / No. 9 to L.A. Rams; Buddy Humphrey, Round 2 / No. 16 to L.A. Rams; Charley Horton, Round 2 / No. 18 to Detroit Lions; Larry Hickman, Round 3 / No. 31 to L.A. Rams)
Last time BU had 3 draftees in first 4 rounds: 1987 (Francis; Berry; Carlson; Thomas Everett, Round 4 / No. 94 to Pittsburgh Steelers)
Last time BU had more than 2 players drafted: 2011 (Taylor; Watkins; Mikail Baker, Round 7 / No. 216 to St. Louis Rams; Jay Finley, Round 7 / No. 246 to Cincinnati Bengals)
Last time BU had more than 4 players drafted: 1996 (Gardener; LaCurtis Jones, Round 4 / No. 125 to Miami Dolphins; Fred Miller, Round 5 / No. 141 to St. Louis Rams; Gary Bandy, Round 5 / No. 164 to Atlanta Falcons; Adrian Robinson, Round 7 / No. 232 to Indianapolis Colts)

 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
2011 21 Phil Taylor DT Cleveland Browns
2011 23 Danny Watkins OL Philadelphia Eages

 

 

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