May 10, 2014
NEW YORK– Baylor football had a successful final day of the 2014 NFL Draft as five Bears were selected in OG Cyril Richardson, RB Lache Seastrunk, CB Demetri Goodson, WR Tevin Reese and SS Ahmad Dixon on Saturday at Radio City Music Hall. The quintet gave BU the most draftees in 2014 among all Big 12 and Texas teams and upped its total to 16 picks since 2011 – the most among schools in the state of Texas.
In six years under head coach Art Briles the Bears have had 19 players selected in the NFL Draft, including five first round choices. Since 2011, BU’s 16 draftees are second among Big 12 teams with Oklahoma’s 20 leading the way. BU’s five picks were one shy of the program’s seven-round record of six in 1987 and 1980 and tied the most since 2012.
The quintet of players chosen in the draft were key cogs during the program’s best season (11 wins) in which the Bears won their first Big 12 championship and earned their first BCS bowl berth (Fiesta Bowl). The first off the board was Richardson, who went to the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round as the 153rd overall pick.
Richardson’s selection gave the Bears their sixth offensive lineman drafted over the last six years. He was a two-time All-American and three-year starter as he is the only two-time Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year (2012 and 2013). The three-time All-Big 12 honoree earned the 2013 Jim Parker Award winner and was a 2013 Outland Trophy finalist. The seventh unanimous All-American (2013) in school history played in the 2014 Senior Bowl and was a 2014 NFL Scouting Combine invitee. He’s the fifth multi-season All-American in Baylor history and a member of a senior class that played in four straight bowl games for first time in school history and earned the program's first Big 12 Championship and BCS Bowl berth in 2013. He started 42 (29 at left guard, 13 at left tackle) of 51 career games played. A native of New Orleans that moved to Texas as a Hurricane Katrina refugee, Richardson earned his undergraduate degree in December 2013 in general studies.
Seastrunk was the second BU player taken as he went to the Washington Redskins in the sixth round (186th pick) to join former Baylor Heisman Trophy winner and 2012 first round pick QB Robert Griffin III. Seastrunk was a two-time All-Big 12 honoree and the first player to top 1,000 yards rushing in multiple (two) seasons in school history. He ran for 2,189 yards in two seasons (91.21 yards per game) at Baylor, was a 2014 NFL Scouting Combine invitee and member of a Baylor squad that reached three straight bowl games. He was the featured back for the school's first Big 12 championship and BCS bowl berth in 2013. He finished his career ranked eighth on BU's all-time rushing yardage (2,189) list and 10th in career TDs (18). His 91.21 per-game average and 12 100-yard games both rank second in school history. The Temple, Texas, native and Oregon transfer also set school marks for consecutive career 100-yard rushing games (eight) and consecutive single-season 100-yard rushing games (four, 2013). Five of his 19 career TDs came on plays of 68 yards or longer. In his final season at BU, he was a consensus 2013 first-team All-Big 12 honoree and semifinalist for the 2013 Maxwell, Doak Walker and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards.
Goodson went to the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (197th pick). The Spring, Texas, native and Gonzaga basketball transfer played three seasons with the Bears and was named 2013 honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league’s coaches after leading the conference in pass breakups (1.5/game). A 2014 NFL Scouting Combine invitee, Goodson played in 2013 after a hardship waiver granted an extra season of eligibility following season-ending injuries in 2011 (ankle) and 2012 (arm). He was a member of a Baylor squad that played in three straight bowl games and was a starting cornerback in 2013 for the school's first Big 12 championship and BCS bowl berth. He made 43 tackles (38 solo), 19 PBUs and four interceptions in 19 career games played while also returning five total kickoffs (29.8 yards-per-return) in 2011 and 2012. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor in December 2013 in general studies. His older brother, Mike, played running back for the Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.
Reese’s selection gave Baylor its fifth wide receiver picked in the last five drafts as he was chosen by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh round (240th pick). He was a three-time All-Big 12 honoree and left ranked third all-time in career receptions (187), yards (3,102) and TDs (24). He set NCAA and Big 12 records for career TDs of 40-plus yards in the BCS era with 21. The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine invitee was also invited to the 2013 Senior Bowl, but did not compete due to injury. Reese was a member of a senior class that played in four straight bowl games for first time in school history and earned the program's first Big 12 Championship and BCS Bowl berth in 2013. He played 48 career games (31 starts) and 21 of his 24 career TD catches were of 40-plus yards (averaged 50.6 yards on 24 career TDs) with nine career touchdowns of 60 yards or longer. A semifinalist for the 2013 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, Reese had a 30-game reception streak spanning the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. His career marks for yards-per-game (64.63, third all-time) and yards-per-catch (16.59, sixth all-time) rank in the Baylor top 10. The Temple, Texas, native was named 2013 first-team All-Big 12 by the league coaches and was a receiver on the USA Football junior national team in the summer of 2009 (played with eventual Baylor teammate Bryce Petty).
Dixon rounded out Baylor’s day as a compensatory pick for the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (248th pick), joining former BU teammate and 2013 third round pick WR Terrance Williams. The Waco, Texas, native was a three-year starter and made 288 career tackles, 12 breakups and four interceptions. A 2014 Senior Bowl participant and 2014 NFL Scouting Combine invitee, Dixon was a member of a senior class that played in four straight bowl games for first time in school history and earned the program's first Big 12 Championship and BCS Bowl berth in 2013. He started 38 (26 at hybrid LB/DB, 12 at safety) of 50 career games played. He was named first-team All-America as senior in 2013 and was a two-time honorable mention All-Big 12 selection (2011-12).
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