82nd NFL DRAFT

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82nd NFL DRAFT

PHILADELPHIA, PA

APRIL 27-29, 2017 

DATE START ROUNDS SELECTION TIME
Thursday, April 27 8:00 PM ET Round 1 10 Minutes
Friday, April 28 7:00 PM ET Round 2 7 Minutes
Round 3 5 Minutes
Saturday, April 29 12:00 PM ET Rounds 4-6 5 Minutes
Round 7 4 Minutes

 

– NFL DRAFT –

PROSPECTS IN PHILLY: Twenty-two prospects and 14 college head coaches will attend the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

Louisiana State leads all colleges with three players in attendance, while the Pac-12 leads all conferences with seven prospects confirmed to attend the event. 

The players confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1) Jamal Adams S Louisiana State 12) Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
2) Jonathan Allen DT Alabama 13) Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
3) Chidobe Awuzie CB Colorado 14) Takkarist McKinley LB UCLA
4) Derek Barnett DE Tennessee 15) Ryan Ramczyk T Wisconsin
5) Garett Bolles T Utah 16) Haason Reddick LB Temple
6) Gareon Conley CB Ohio State 17) Cam Robinson T Alabama
7) Corey Davis WR Western Michigan 18) John Ross WR Washington
8) Leonard Fournette RB Louisiana State 19) Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
9) Adoree’ Jackson CB Southern California 20) Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
10) Kevin King CB Washington 21) Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
11) DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame 22) Tre’Davious White CB Louisiana State

 

The college head coaches confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1) Larry Fedora North Carolina 8) Ed Orgeron Louisiana State
2) P.J. Fleck Minnesota 9) Chris Petersen Washington
3) Butch Jones Tennessee 10) Matt Rhule Baylor
4) Brian Kelly Notre Dame 11) Nick Saban Alabama
5) Mike MacIntyre Colorado 12) David Shaw Stanford
6) Urban Meyer Ohio State 13) Dabo Swinney Clemson
7) Jim Mora UCLA 14) Kyle Whittingham Utah

 

– NFL DRAFT – 

ROLL TIDE: Several players from Alabama have the chance to hear their names in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, including DT JONATHAN ALLEN, LB REUBEN FOSTER, TE O.J. HOWARD and T CAM ROBINSON.

If Alabama has a player selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Crimson Tide will tie Florida (1983-91) for the second-longest consecutive streak of players drafted in the first round since the advent of the common draft in 1967. Alabama currently has eight consecutive drafts with at least one first-round pick. 

Miami (1995-2008) holds the longest streak with 14 consecutive drafts having at least one player selected in the first round.

The longest streak of consecutive seasons with a first-round pick (since 1967):

YEARS SCHOOL CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH A FIRST-ROUND PICK
1995-2008 Miami 14
1983-1991 Florida 9
2009-2016 Alabama 8*
1997-2003 Florida 7
1991-1997 Ohio State 7
1983-1989 Pittsburgh 7
*Active streak  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– NFL DRAFT –

BOUNTIFUL BUCKEYES: Three Ohio State players are projected to have their names called in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft – S MALIK HOOKER, CB MARSHON LATTIMORE and CB GAREON CONLEY. In 2016, the Buckeyes had a draft-high five players selected in the first round.

If all three players are selected in the first round, Ohio State would tie Alabama (2011-12) for the fourth-most first-round picks over any two-year span since 1967. Miami is the only school with more first-round choices over any two-year span, with nine players selected from both 2001-02 and 2002-03 and 10 players drafted from 2003-04.

The schools with the most first-round picks over any two-year span (since 1967):

YEARS SCHOOL FIRST-ROUND PICKS OVER TWO-YEAR SPAN
2003-04 Miami 10
2002-03 Miami 9
2001-02 Miami 9
2011-12 Alabama 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

– NFL DRAFT –

STAR-STUDDED STOPPERS: Texas A&M DE MYLES GARRETT,Stanford DE SOLOMON THOMAS and Alabama DT JONATHAN ALLEN are projected to be taken early in the first round of the NFL Draft.

If two defensive linemen are selected with the first and second picks, it would mark the third time in the common draft era that a pair of defensive linemen were taken first and second overall.

The defensive linemen taken first and second overall in the same draft since 1967:

YEAR
  1. 1 PICK
SCHOOL TEAM
  1. 2 PICK
SCHOOL TEAM
1976 Lee Roy Selmon Oklahoma Tampa Bay Steve Niehaus Notre Dame Seattle
1972 Walt Patulski Notre Dame Buffalo Sherman White California Cincinnati

Garrett would be the first player from Texas A&M selected with the first overall pick and the sixth Aggie to be selected in the top 10 since 2011.

The Texas A&M players selected in the top 10 since 2011:

YEAR NAME POSITION
  1. CHOSEN
TEAM
2014 Jake Matthews T 6 Atlanta
2014 Mike Evans WR 7 Tampa Bay
2013 Luke Joeckel T 2 Jacksonville
2012 Ryan Tannehill QB 8 Miami
2011 Von Miller LB 2 Denver

Thomas would become the fourth player in Stanford history and the first non-quarterback to be selected in the top five of the NFL Draft.

The Stanford players selected in the top five of the NFL Draft since 1967:

YEAR NAME POSITION
  1. CHOSEN
TEAM
2012 Andrew Luck QB 1 Indianapolis
1983 John Elway QB 1 Baltimore Colts
1971 Jim Plunkett QB 1 New England

 

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FIRST TIME QBs: North Carolina QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY and Texas Tech QB PATRICK MAHOMES would each be the first quarterback from their respective schools selected in the first round.

Trubisky would join T.J. YATES (2011, fifth round) and RONALD CURRY (2002, seventh round) as the only Tar Heels’ signal callers to be selected in the NFL Draft.

If selected in the first round, Mahomes would be the fourth Texas Tech player and the first Red Raider quarterback selected in the first round since 1967.

The players from Texas Tech selected in the first round of the draft since 1967:

YEAR PLAYER POSITION
  1. CHOSEN
TEAM
2009 Michael Crabtree WR 10 San Francisco
1983 Gabe Rivera NT 21 Pittsburgh
1981 Ted Watts DB 21 Oakland

 

– NFL DRAFT —

THE CHAMP IS HERE: Clemson QB DESHAUN WATSON was named the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game Most Valuable Offensive Player after passing for 420 yards with three touchdowns and rushing for a score in the Tigers’ 35-31 victory over Alabama.

If selected in the first round, Watson would become the eighth quarterback since 1967 to start and win a national championship and be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, and the fifth quarterback to accomplish the feat in the same year.

The quarterbacks to start and win a national championship and be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1967:

PLAYER TEAM YEAR SELECTED (NO. CHOSEN) SCHOOL NATL. CHAMP. SEASON
Jameis Winston Tampa Bay 2015 (1st) Florida State 2013
Cam Newton Carolina 2011 (1st) Auburn 2010
Tim Tebow Denver 2010 (25th) Florida 2008
Vince Young Tennessee 2006 (3rd) Texas 2005
Matt Leinart Arizona 2006 (10th) Southern California 2004
Todd Blackledge Kansas City 1983 (7th) Penn State 1982
Jerry Tagge Green Bay 1972 (11th) Nebraska 1971

 

– NFL DRAFT —

THAT’S TIGHT: Alabama TE O.J. HOWARD and Miami TE DAVID NJOKU hope to hear their names called in the first round of the Draft. If both players are selected in the top 20, it would mark the fifth time since 1967 that two tight ends have been chosen in the first 20 selections of the first round of the NFL Draft.

The pairs of tight ends drafted in the top 20 of the NFL Draft since 1967:

YEAR PLAYER SCHOOL
  1. CHOSEN
TEAM
1992 Derek Brown Notre Dame 14 New York Giants
Johnny Mitchell Nebraska 15 New York Jets
1974 J.V. Cain Colorado 7 St. Louis Cardinals
Reuben Gant Oklahoma State 18 Buffalo
1973 Charle Young Southern California 6 Philadelphia
Paul Seymour Michigan 7 Buffalo
Billy Joe DuPree Michigan State 20 Dallas
1972 Riley Odoms Houston 5 Denver
Jerome Barkum Jackson State 9 New York Jets

 

– NFL DRAFT –

SAFETY GUARANTEED: Louisiana State S JAMAL ADAMS and Ohio State S MALIK HOOKER may both hear their names called at the top of the first round. Since 1980, there have been five safeties selected in the top five. The most recent top-five selection at the safety position was ERIC BERRY, who was taken by the Kansas City Chiefs with the fifth overall choicein 2010.

The safeties selected in the top five of the NFL Draft since 1980:​

YEAR PLAYER TEAM SCHOOL OVERALL SELECTION
2010 Eric Berry Kansas City Tennessee 5
2004 Sean Taylor Washington Miami 5
1991 Eric Turner Cleveland UCLA 2
1988 Bennie Blades Detroit Miami 3
1981 Kenny Easley Seattle UCLA 4

 

– NFL DRAFT —

​BROTHERLY LOVE: Wisconsin LB T.J. WATT, the brother of Texans’ DE J.J. WATT and Chargers’ FB DEREK WATT, hopes to hear his name called in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

If selected in the first round, T.J. would join J.J. – the 11th overall selection in 2011 – as the eighth pair of brothers since 1990 to be selected in the first round of their respective NFL Drafts.

The pairs of brothers selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1990:

FAMILY NAME PLAYER TEAM (DRAFT YEAR) PLAYER TEAM (DRAFT YEAR)
Davis Vontae* Miami (2009) Vernon* San Francisco (2006)
Long Kyle* Chicago (2013) Chris* St. Louis (2008)
Manning Eli* San Diego (2004) Peyton Indianapolis (1998)
McDougle Jerome Philadelphia (2003) Stockar Detroit (2000)
Pouncey Mike* Miami (2011) Maurkice* Pittsburgh (2010)
Thomas Robert St. Louis (2002) Stan Chicago (1991)
Trufant Desmond* Atlanta (2013) Marcus Seattle (2003)
*Active

– NFL DRAFT –

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Louisiana State S JAMAL ADAMS, son of former first-round pick GEORGE ADAMS (1985, New York Giants), is projected to be taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

If Adams is selected in the first round, they would become the eighth father-son combination to be drafted in the first round in the common draft era. 

The father-son first-round draft picks since 1967: 

FAMILY NAME FATHER TEAM (DRAFT YEAR) SON TEAM (DRAFT YEAR)
Heyward Craig New Orleans (1988) Cameron* Pittsburgh (2011)
Ingram Mark New York Giants (1987) Mark* New Orleans (2011)
Manning Archie New Orleans (1971) Peyton Indianapolis (1998)
Eli* San Diego (2004)
Matthews Clay, Jr. Cleveland (1978) Clay* Green Bay (2009)
Matthews Bruce Houston Oilers (1983) Jake* Atlanta (2014)
Winslow Kellen San Diego (1979) Kellen, Jr. Cleveland (2004)
*Active

– NFL DRAFT –

TIGER AT THE TOP: Louisiana State RB LEONARD FOURNETTE aims to be the first running back selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. If taken in the first round, Fournette would become the fourth LSU running back to be selected in the opening round since 1967.

The LSU running backs selected in the first round of the draft since 1967:

YEAR PLAYER
  1. CHOSEN
TEAM
2006 Joseph Addai 30 Indianapolis
1991 Harvey Williams 21 Kansas City
1979 Charles Alexander 12 Cincinnati

 

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FIRST-ROUND TRADES SINCE 2000

(Yearly totals can include future selections traded in previous years.)

DRAFT ROUND 1 TRADES
2000 16
2001 15
2002 14
2003 18
2004 17
2005 9
2006 11
2007 10
2008 17
2009 13
2010 15
2011 8
2012 19
2013 12
2014 11
2015 6
2016 8

 

 

CONSECUTIVE TOP 10 CHOICES FROM SAME COLLEGE

1937 Nebraska – HB Lloyd Cardwell (7) and E Les McDonald (8)
1943 Minnesota – HB Bill Daley (7) and T Dick Wildung (8)
1946 Notre Dame – QB Johnny Lujack (4) and T George Connor (5)
1948 Alabama – HB Lowell Tew (4) and C Vaughn Mancha (5)
1949 Notre Dame – QB Frank Tripucka (9) and G Bill Fischer (10)
1949 Southern Methodist – RB Doak Walker (3) and HB Paul Page (4)
1959 Ohio State – HB Don Clark (7) and C Dan James (8)
1967 Michigan State – DT Bubba Smith (1) and RB Clint Jones (2)
1977 Southern California – T Marvin Powell (4) and DT Gary Jeter (5)
1978 Notre Dame – TE Ken MacAfee (7) and DT Ross Browner (8)
1981 UCLA – RB Freeman McNeil (3) and DB Kenny Easley (4)
1984 Nebraska – WR Irving Fryar (1) and T Dean Steinkuhler (2)
1990 Southern California – LB Junior Seau (5) and DB Mark Carrier (6)
1991 Nebraska – DB Bruce Pickens (3) and LB Mike Croel (4)
1991 Tennessee – T Charles McRae (7) and T Antone Davis (8)
1992 Stanford – T Bob Whitfield (8) and RB Tommy Vardell (9)
1993 Alabama – DE John Copeland (5) and DE Eric Curry (6)
1996 Illinois – LB Kevin Hardy (2) and DE Simeon Rice (3)
2000 Penn State – DE Courtney Brown (1) and LB LaVar Arrington (2)
2002 Texas – T Mike Williams (4) and DB Quentin Jammer (5)
2004 Miami – S Sean Taylor (5) and TE Kellen Winslow (6)
2010 Oklahoma – DT Gerald McCoy (3) and T Trent Williams (4)
2013 Alabama – DB Dee Milliner (9) and G Chance Warmack (10)
2014 Texas A&M – T Jake Matthews (6) and WR Mike Evans (7)
2016 Ohio State – DE Joey Bosa (3) and RB Ezekiel Elliott (4)

 

BREAKDOWN OF

OFFENSIVE/DEFENSIVE PLAYERS SELECTED

IN FIRST ROUND SINCE 1990

YEAR OFFENSE DEFENSE
FIRST OFFENSIVE PICK
FIRST DEFENSIVE PICK
1990 11 14 Jeff George-QB (1) Cortez Kennedy-DT (3)
1991 13 14 Charles McRae-T (7) Russell Maryland-DT (1)
1992 13 15 Desmond Howard-WR (4) Steve Emtman-DE (1)
1993 15 14 Drew Bledsoe-QB (1) Marvin Jones-LB (4)
1994 13 16 Marshall Faulk-RB (2) Dan Wilkinson-DT (1)
1995 18 14 Ki-Jana Carter-RB (1) Kevin Carter-DE (6)
1996 17 13 Keyshawn Johnson-WR (1) Kevin Hardy-LB (2)
1997 14 16 Orlando Pace-T (1) Darrell Russell-DE (2)
1998 14 16 Peyton Manning-QB (1) Andre Wadsworth-DE (3)
1999 16 15 Tim Couch-QB (1) Champ Bailey-CB (7)
2000 17 14 Chris Samuel-T (3) Courtney Brown-DE  (1)
2001 15 16 Michael Vick-QB (1) Gerard Warren-DT (3)
2002 16 16 David Carr-QB (1) Julius Peppers-DE (2)
2003 14 18 Carson Palmer-QB (1) Dewayne Robertson-DT (4)
2004 19 13 Eli Manning-QB (1) Sean Taylor-S (5)
2005 16 16 Alex Smith-QB (1) Adam Jones-CB (6)
2006 19 13 Reggie Bush-RB (2) Mario Williams-DE (1)
2007 15 17 JaMarcus Russell-QB (1) Gaines Adams-DE (4)
2008 16 15 Jake Long-T (1) Chris Long-DE (2)
2009 19 13 Matthew Stafford-QB (1) Tyson Jackson-DE (3)
2010 14 18 Sam Bradford-QB (1) Ndamukong Suh-DT (2)
2011 16 16 Cam Newton-QB (1) Von Miller-LB (2)
2012 15 17 Andrew Luck-QB (1) Morris Claiborne-CB (6)
2013 14 18 Eric Fisher-T (1) Dion Jordan-DE (3)
2014 14 18 Greg Robinson-T (2) Jadeveon Clowney-DE (1)
2015 17 15 Jameis Winston-QB (1) Dante Fowler-DE (3)
2016 15 16 Jared Goff-QB (1) Joey Bosa-DE (3)

 

“MOSTS”

Colleges with most No. 1 overall draft choices:

Auburn (5) 2011: Cam Newton, QB (Carolina); 1988: Aundray Bruce, LB (Atlanta); 1986: Bo Jackson, RB (Tampa Bay); 1965: Tucker Frederickson, RB (N.Y. Giants); 1961: Ken Rice, G (Buffalo)
Notre Dame (5) 1973: Walt Patulski, DE (Buffalo); 1957: Paul Hornung, HB (Green Bay); 1950: Leon Hart, E (Detroit); 1946: Frank Dancewicz, QB (Boston Yanks); 1944: Angelo Bertelli, QB (Boston Yanks)
Southern California (5) 2003: Carson Palmer, QB (Cincinnati); 1996: Keyshawn Johnson, WR (N.Y. Jets); 1977: Ricky Bell, RB (Tampa Bay); 1969: O.J. Simpson, RB (Buffalo); 1968: Ron Yary, T (Minnesota)

 

Most first-round selections from one college in single year:  6

2004 – Miami (Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow, Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams, Vernon Carey, Vince Wilfork).

College with most players taken in single draft: Texas, 17 in 1984.

Most offensive players selected in first round:19 in 2009, 2004 & 1968. 

Most defensive players selected in first round: 19 in 2006.

Consecutive first-round choices from same college that played same position:

1991: Tennessee Ts Charles McRae (#7-Tampa Bay) and Antone Davis (#8-Philadelphia).

1993: Alabama DEs John Copeland (#5-Cincinnati) and Eric Curry (#6-Tampa Bay).

1997: Miami DEs Kenard Lang (#17-Washington) and Kenny Holmes (#18-Tennessee).

Number of Pro Football Hall of Famers selected No. 1 overall:  14

1942 – “Bullet” Bill Dudley/Pittsburgh; 1945 – Charley Trippi/Chicago Cardinals; 1949 – Chuck Bednarik/Philadelphia; 1957 – Paul Hornung/Green Bay; 1963 – Buck Buchanan/Kansas City (AFL); 1968 – Ron Yary/Minnesota; 1969 – O.J. Simpson/Buffalo; 1970 – Terry Bradshaw/Pittsburgh; 1976 – Lee Roy Selmon/Tampa Bay; 1978 – Earl Campbell/Houston; 1983 – John Elway/Baltimore Colts; 1985 – Bruce Smith/Buffalo Bills; 1989 – Troy Aikman/Dallas Cowboys. 1997 – Orlando Pace/St. Louis Rams.

Most consecutive offensive players selected to start NFL Draft:

1999 – 6; QB Tim Couch (Cleveland), QB Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia), QB Akili Smith (Cincinnati), RB Edgerrin James (Indianapolis), HB Ricky Williams (New Orleans), WR Torry Holt (St. Louis).

Most consecutive defensive players selected to start NFL Draft:

1991 – 6; DT Russell Maryland (Dallas), S Eric Turner (Cleveland), CB Bruce Pickens (Atlanta), OLB Mike Croel (Denver), CB Todd Lyght (Los Angeles Rams), DT Eric Swann (Phoenix).

Number of times QB and RB from same college have been chosen in top 10: 10

1942 (QB Frank Albert, RB Pete Kmetovic-Stanford), 1943 (QB Jack Jenkins, RB Bob Steuber-Missouri), 1944 (QB Angelo Bertelli, RB Creighton Miller-Notre Dame), 1946 (QB Frank Dancewicz, QB Johnny Lujack, RB Emil Sitko-Notre Dame), 1947 (QB Ernie Case, RB Cal Rossi-UCLA), 1948 (QB Harry Gilmer, RB Lowell Tew-Alabama), 1983 (QB Todd Blackledge, RB Curt Warner-Penn State), 1993 (QB Rick Mirer, RB Jerome Bettis-Notre Dame), 1995 (QB Kerry Collins, RB Ki-Jana Carter-Penn State), 2006 (QB Matt Leinart, RB Reggie Bush-Southern California).

Most offensive linemen taken in first round: 10

1968 – T Ron Yary, C Robert Johnson, T Russ Washington, T Mike Taylor, C Forrest Blue, G Maurice Moorman, G George Daney, T John Williams, G Bill Lueck, T Doug Crusan.

DRAFT TIMES 

NOTE:  The first combined (AFL-NFL) draft in 1967 consisted of 17 rounds.  In 1977, the draft was reduced to 12 rounds.  There were eight rounds in 1993 and seven since 1994.

Longest first round since 1967: 2007 (6 hours, 8 minutes)

Shortest first round since 1967: 1972 (2 hours)

Longest seven-round draft: 2007 (18 hours, 5 minutes)

Shortest seven-round draft: 2015 (13 hours, 45 minutes)

Most rounds on draft day: 30 (1943-1959 drafts)

COLLEGES WITH THREE PLAYERS DRAFTED IN FIRST ROUND

Number of times since 2000 that a college has had at least three players chosen in first round:28

2000:  Florida State (3) – Peter Warrick/Cincinnati; Corey Simon/Philadelphia; Sebastian Janikowski/Oakland.

2001:  Miami (4) – Dan Morgan/Carolina; Damione Lewis/St. Louis; Santana Moss/ N.Y. Jets; Reggie Wayne/Indianapolis.

Michigan (3) – David Terrell/Chicago; Steve Hutchinson/Seattle; Jeff Backus/Detroit.

2002:  Miami (5) – Bryant McKinnie/Minnesota; Jeremy Shockey/N.Y. Giants; Phillip Buchanon/Oakland; Ed Reed/Baltimore; Mike Rumph/San Francisco.

Tennessee (3) – John Henderson/Jacksonville; Donte’ Stallworth/New Orleans; Albert Haynesworth/Tennessee.

2003:  Miami (4) – Andre Johnson/Houston; Jerome McDougle/Philadelphia; Willis McGahee/Buffalo; William Joseph/N.Y. Giants.

Penn State (4) – Jimmy Kennedy/St. Louis; Michael Haynes/Chicago; Bryant Johnson/Arizona; Larry Johnson/Kansas City.

2004:  Miami (6) – Sean Taylor/Washington; Kellen Winslow/Cleveland; Jonathan Vilma/N.Y. Jets; D.J. Williams/Denver; Vernon Carey/Miami; Vince Wilfork/New England.

Ohio State (3) – Will Smith/New Orleans, Chris Gamble/Carolina, Mike Jenkins/Atlanta.

2005:  Auburn (4) – Ronnie Brown/Miami; Jason Campbell/Washington; Carlos Rogers/Washington; Carnell Williams/Tampa Bay.

2006:  Ohio State (5) – A.J. Hawk/Green Bay; Donte Whitner/Buffalo; Bobby Carpenter/Dallas; Santonio Holmes/Pittsburgh; Nick Mangold/N.Y. Jets.

Florida State (4) – Ernie Sims/Detroit; Kamerion Wimbley/Cleveland; Brodrick Bunkley/Philadelphia; Antonio Cromartie/San Diego.

North Carolina State (3) – Mario Williams/Houston; Manny Lawson/San     Francisco; John McCargo/Buffalo.

2007:  Louisiana State (4) – JaMarcus Russell/Oakland; LaRon Landry/Washington; Dwayne Bowe/Kansas City; Craig Davis/San Diego.

Miami (3) – Brandon Meriweather/New England; Jon Beason/Carolina; Greg Olsen/Chicago.

2008: Southern California (4) – Sedrick Ellis/New Orleans; Keith Rivers/Cincinnati; Sam Baker/Atlanta; Lawrence Jackson/Seattle.

2009: Southern California (3) – Mark Sanchez/N.Y. Jets; Brian Cushing/Houston; Clay Matthews/Green Bay;

2010: Oklahoma (4) – Sam Bradford/St. Louis; Gerald McCoy/Tampa Bay; Trent Williams/Washington; Jermaine Gresham/Cincinnati

Florida (3) – Joe Haden/Cleveland; Maurkice Pouncey/Pittsburgh; Tim Tebow/Denver

2011: Alabama (4) – Marcell Dareus/Buffalo; Julio Jones/Atlanta; James Carpenter/Seattle; Mark Ingram/New Orleans

2012: Alabama (4) – Trent Richardson/Cleveland; Mark Barron/Tampa Bay; Dre Kirkpatrick/Cincinnati; Dont’a Hightower/New England

2013: Alabama (3) – Dee Milliner/New York Jets; Chance Warmack/Tennessee; D.J. Fluker/San Diego

Florida State (3) – E.J. Manuel/Buffalo; Bjoern Werner/Indianapolis; Xavier    Rhodes/Minnesota

2014: Louisville (3) – Calvin Pryor/New York Jets; Marcus Smith/Philadelphia;

Teddy Bridgewater/Minnesota

Texas A&M (3) – Jake Matthews/Atlanta; Mike Evans/Tampa Bay; Johnny Manziel/Cleveland

2015: Washington (3) – Danny Shelton/Cleveland; Marcus Peters/Kansas City;

Shaq Thompson/Carolina

2016:  Ohio State (5) – Joey Bosa/San Diego; Ezekiel Elliott/Dallas; Eli Apple/New York

Giants; Taylor Decker/Detroit; Darron Lee/New York Jets

Mississippi (3) – Laremy Tunsil/Miami; Laquon Treadwell/Minnesota; Robert

Nkemdiche/Arizona

FIRST ROUND BY POSITION

Most first-round selections by position (one year):

Quarterback (6-1983):
John Elway/Baltimore, Todd Blackledge/Kansas City, Jim Kelly/Buffalo, Tony Eason/New England, Ken O’Brien/N.Y. Jets, Dan Marino/Miami
Halfback/Running Back (9-1938, 1941):
(Last time) 1941 – Tom Harmon/Chicago Bears, John Kimbrough/Chicago Cardinals, Norm Standlee/Chicago Bears, John Thomason/Detroit, George Franck/New York, George Paskavan/Green Bay, Dean McAdams/Brooklyn, Don Scott/Chicago Bears, Forrest Evashevski/Washington
Wide Receiver (7-2004):
Larry Fitzgerald/Arizona, Roy Williams/Detroit, Reggie Williams/Jacksonville, Lee Evans/Buffalo, Michael Clayton/Tampa Bay, Michael Jenkins/Atlanta, Rashaun Woods/San Francisco.
Tight End (3-1970, 2002):
(Last time) 2002 – Jeremy Shockey/N.Y. Giants; Daniel Graham/New England; Jerramy Stevens/Seattle
Center (2-1949, 1950, 1968, 2009):
(Last time) 2009 – Alex Mack/Cleveland, Eric Wood/Buffalo
Guard (4-1982):
Mike Munchak/Houston, Sean Farrell/Tampa Bay, Ron Hallestrom/Green Bay, Roy Foster/Miami
Tackle (8-2008):
Jake Long/Miami, Ryan Clady/Denver, Chris Williams/Chicago, Branden Albert/Kansas City, Gosder Cherilus/Detroit, Jeff Otah/Carolina, Sam Baker/Atlanta, Duane Brown/Houston
Defensive Back (9-2014):
Justin Gilbert/Cleveland, Kyle Fuller/Chicago, Calvin Pryor/New York Jets, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix/Green Bay, Darqueze Dennard/Cincinnati, Jason Verrett/San Diego, Deone Bucannon/Arizona, Jimmie Ward/San Francisco, Bradley Roby/Denver.
Linebacker (7-1990):
Keith McCants/Tampa Bay, Junior Seau/San Diego, Chris Singleton/New England, James Francis/Cincinnati, Percy Snow/Kansas City, Lamar Lathon/Houston, Tony Bennett/Green Bay.
Defensive End (6-1992, 2011):
(Last time) 2011 – J.J. Watt/Houston, Robert Quinn/St. Louis, Corey Liuget/San Diego, Adrian Clayborn/Tampa Bay, Cameron Jordan/New Orleans, Cameron Heyward/Pittsburgh.
Defensive Tackle (6-1977, 2001, 2003):
(Last time) 2003 – Dewayne Robertson/N.Y. Jets, Johnathan Sullivan/New Orleans, Kevin Williams/Minnesota, Jimmy Kennedy/St. Louis, Ty Warren/New England, William Joseph/N.Y. Giants.
Nose Tackle (1-1986, 1988, 2012):
(Last time) 2012 – Dontari Poe/Kansas City
Kicker/Punter (1-1966, 1973, 1978, 1979, 2000):
(Last time) 2000 – K Sebastian Janikowski/Oakland

 

 

MOST PLAYERS DRAFTED FROM SINGLE SCHOOL SINCE 1970 

Year College Players
1970 Grambling, Southern California 9
1971 Ohio State 13
1972 Michigan 10
1973 Oklahoma 11
1974 UCLA 12
1975 Southern California 14
1976 Nebraska, Ohio State 11
1977 Southern California 14
1978 Florida 10
1979 Notre Dame, Oklahoma 10
1980 Nebraska, Southern California 10
1981 Pittsburgh 12
1982 Texas 12
1983 Southern California 11
1984 Texas 17
1985 Wisconsin 11
1986 Illinois, Southern California 9
1987 Penn State 13
1988 Oklahoma 13
1989 Auburn 10
1990 Southern California 10
1991 Miami 11
1992 Washington 11
1993 Notre Dame, Miami 9
1994 Notre Dame 10
1995 Colorado, Florida State 10
1996 Penn State 10
1997 Arizona State, Miami, Nebraska 8
1998 Washington 10
1999 Florida, Ohio State 8
2000 Tennessee 9
2001 Florida State 9
2002 Miami 11
2003 Florida, Miami, Tennessee 8
2004 Ohio State 14
2005 Oklahoma 11
2006 Southern California 11
2007 Florida 9
2008 Southern California 10
2009 Southern California 11
2010 Florida 9
2011 North Carolina, Southern California 9
2012 Alabama 8
2013 Florida State 11
2014 Louisiana State 9
2015 Florida State 11
2016 Ohio State 12

 

UNDERCLASSMEN AND THE DRAFT

NOTE: Since 1990, 17 of the No. 1 overall picks have been underclassmen (Jeff George – 1990, Steve Emtman – 1992, Drew Bledsoe – 1993, Dan Wilkinson – 1994, Ki-Jana Carter – 1995, Orlando Pace – 1997, Tim Couch – 1999, Michael Vick – 2001, Mario Williams – 2006, JaMarcus Russell – 2007, Matthew Stafford – 2009, Sam Bradford – 2010, Cam Newton – 2011, Andrew Luck – 2012, Jadeveon Clowney – 2014, Jameis Winston – 2015, Jared Goff – 2016).

Year Drafted  Top-10 Picks
2016 70 8
2015 55 6
2014 61 6
2013 52 3
2012 44 8
2011 43 8
2010 46 5
2009 41 5
2008 39 4
2007 29 5
2006 33 6
2005 37 4
2004 35 5
2003 32 5
2002 26 2
2001 27 5
2000 20 4
1999 22 5
1998 19 3
1997 25 6
1996 16 4
1995 22 2
1994 25 6
1993 24 5
1992 21 5
1991 19 1
1990 18 5

 

COLLEGES WITH MOST FIRST-ROUND PICKS (Since 1967)

College Total
College
Total
Southern California 68 Oklahoma 32
Ohio State 61 Texas A&M 29
Miami 59 Nebraska 28
Florida 48 Georgia 26
Alabama 43 Louisiana State 26
Florida State 43 Michigan State 25
Notre Dame 41 UCLA 25
Tennessee 39 California 24
Michigan 34 Clemson 24
Penn State 33 Arizona St. 23
Texas 33 Pittsburgh 23


COLLEGES WITH MOST FIRST-ROUND PICKS BY YEAR (Since 1967
)

1967-Michigan State/4 1992-Multiple with 2
1968-Southern California/5 1993-Notre Dame/4
1969-Notre Dame, Ohio St., Southern California/3 1994-Notre Dame, Texas A&M/3
1970-Oklahoma/3 1995- Fla. St., Michigan, Ohio St., Penn St./3
1971-Ohio State/4 1996-Ohio State/3
1972-Nebraska, Notre Dame/3 1997-Florida State/4
1973-Purdue, Southern California/3 1998-North Carolina, Tennessee/3
1974-Ohio State/3 1999-Ohio State/3
1975-Ohio State/3 2000-Florida State/3
1976-Colorado, Oklahoma/3 2001-Miami/4
1977-Southern California/3 2002-Miami/5
1978-Notre Dame/3 2003-Miami/4, Penn State/4
1979-Multiple with 2 2004-Miami/6
1980-Southern California, Texas/3 2005-Auburn/4
1981-Southern California, Pittsburgh/3 2006-Ohio State/5
1982-Southern California/3 2007-Lousiana State/4
1983-Pittsburgh, Southern California/3 2008-Southern California/4
1984-Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma/2 2009-Southern California/3
1985-Wisconsin/3 2010-Oklahoma/4
1986-Iowa/3 2011-Alabama/4
1987-Miami/3 2012-Alabama/4
1988-Arizona State, Miami, Oklahoma/2 2013-Alabama, Florida State/3
1989-Florida/3 2014-Louisville, Texas A&M/3
1990-Multiple with 2 2015-Washington/3
1991-Tennessee/3 2016-Ohio State/5
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32 SEASON TICKET MEMBERS TO RECEIVE EXCLUSIVE NFL DRAFT EXPERIENCE IN PHILADELPHIA

Apr 20, 2017 0

32 SEASON TICKET MEMBERS TO RECEIVE EXCLUSIVE

NFL DRAFT EXPERIENCE IN PHILADELPHIA

 

For the fourth consecutive year, 32 season ticket members – one representing each team – will receive the ultimate NFL Draft experience courtesy of The Membership Club, an NFL league-wide benefits program.

 

Hand-selected by each club, these season ticket members will help kick off festivities and get behind the scenes access to Draft celebrations in Philadelphia. The experience commences on Thursday, April 27th with a breakfast to kick off Draft Day and an exclusive invite to the NFL Draft Luncheon, featuring an assortment of NFL Legends.

 

Following the luncheon, this exclusive group will head back to their hotel to get ready for Round 1 of the NFL Draft. Each season ticket member will receive a custom team jersey with “Draft Day” on the nameplate to wear for the night.Later that evening, they will kick off the event by walking the Red Carpet and hand delivering the official New Era Draft Caps to the NFL Draft Theater, which is located on the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

Once in venue, the V.I.P. access continues when this select group of fans will deliver a customized No. 1 Nike jersey from backstage to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as picks are announced. Season ticket members will also have the opportunity to visit their respective Team Lockers in the NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos® Triple Zero.

 

Full of football, music, food and more, the Draft Experience in Philadelphia is the largest fan celebration ever created by the NFL, spanning 25 football fields and taking place along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Divided into AFC Row and NFC Row, Team Houses are the ultimate fan caves and provide a place for fans to gather and engage with unique club content and memorabilia.

 

A complete list of season ticket members selected to represent their respective teams at the 2017 NFL Draft are listed below. Season ticket members are available for interviews. Media opportunities can be arranged by contacting NFL PR.

 

Team Season Ticket Member
Arizona Cardinals Chrisie Elser
Atlanta Falcons Travis Mitchell
Baltimore Ravens Mark Kurth
Buffalo Bills Thomas Spence
Carolina Panthers Eugene Cochrane
Chicago Bears Nicholas Ravelingeen
Cincinnati Bengals Pennie Dunaway
Cleveland Browns Robert Goforth
Dallas Cowboys Jerry Simrell
Denver Broncos Joseph Saint
Detroit Lions Dave West
Green Bay Packers Bob Renkens
Houston Texans Robert Phillips
Indianapolis Colts Michael Thomas M. Bowers
Jacksonville Jaguars Leesa Gerald
Kansas City Chiefs Darin W. Hurd
Los Angeles Chargers Todd Welke
Los Angeles Rams Juanita Giandalia
Miami Dolphins Christopher Teaney
Minnesota Vikings Ryan Stegeman
New England Patriots Kyle Corkum
New Orleans Saints Jason Fisher
New York Giants Marc Johnson
New York Jets Todd A. Stockton
Oakland Raiders Richard Gonzalez
Philadelphia Eagles Gailmarie Wehmeyer
Pittsburgh Steelers Mary Gray
San Francisco 49ers Roxana Davidoff
Seattle Seahawks Josh Stadler
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Robert Eckard
Tennessee Titans Barry Haynes
Washington Redskins John Clark
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NFL ANUNCIES FREE FAN OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2017 NFL DRAFT IN PHILADELPHIA

Apr 19, 2017 0

NFL ANUNCIES FREE FAN OPPORTUNITIES FOR

2017 NFL DRAFT IN PHILADELPHIA

 

New Renderings of Fan Experience & Draft Theater Available Here

When the 82ND NFL DRAFT comes to Philadelphia from April 27 to April 29, the NFL will bring a record number of free fan experiences, including interactive exhibits, immersive games, virtual reality experiences, flag football competitions, autograph sessions, photo opportunities with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and more.

The 2017 NFL Draft will occur along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, incorporating famed city landmarks such as The Franklin Institute and the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For the first time, the NFL is constructing an open-air theater where fans can view all three Draft days in an outdoor environment. This unique setup will allow for the largest live audience ever to view the team selections.

In addition, Benjamin Franklin Parkway is being transformed into the NFL DRAFT EXPERIENCE PRESENTED BY DANNON® OIKOS® TRIPLE ZERO, a three-day fan festival spanning the size of 25 football fields. This expansive outdoor celebration will be the largest activation created by the league and include a first-of-its-kind 100-yard NFL zip line with aerial views above the parkway.

2017 NFL DRAFT

ROUND 1, set for Thursday, April 27 at 8:00 PM ET, will include prospects walking the red carpet before the start of the NFL Draft. On Friday, April 28 starting at 7:00 PM ET, thirty-two former players from the NFL Legends Community – along with past recipients and team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide – will announce selections for ROUNDS 2-3.

ROUNDS 4-5 will be broadcast from locations across the country as teams will announce their selections at their facilities and other unique market locations on Saturday, April 29 starting at 12:00 PM ET. Picks for ROUND 6 will feature appearances by youth football teams across the country, and ROUND 7 will bring fans back to Philadelphia for the culmination of the Draft live from the NFL Draft Theater.

The NFL is launching an official companion app, NFL Draft – Fan Mobile Pass, to guide visitors through the NFL Draft Experience in Philadelphia and to also provide exclusive chances to win prizes – including exclusive Draft memorabilia, the ability to collect badges at interactive events, and more. Fans may visit NFL.com/apps/draft later this week to download the app.

All three days of the 2017 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network and ESPN. ESPN Deportes will also nationally broadcast Round 1 on April 27 in Spanish. Fans should visit NFL.com/Draft, follow @NFL on Twitter, and use #NFLDraft for the most up-to-date information.

 

Selection Square Driven by Hyundai

Selection Square Driven by Hyundai will serve as one of the epicenters of the 2017 NFL Draft. Located at The Franklin Institute, Selection Square will feature all 32 team tables where representatives from each team will make their Draft selections throughout the three days.

Selection Square will feature a free viewing gallery in the rotunda of the historic Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. Highlights of the viewing gallery include a real-time, up-close look at the player selection process and ability to watch NFL Network-produced programming live from the NFL Draft.

NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos® Triple Zero:​

The free NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero will feature interactive elements, flag football competitions, concessions, player appearances/autograph signings, NFL Shop at Draft presented by Visa, the NFL PLAY 60 Zone presented by Danimals®, where youth football clinics will take place, visits by Draft prospects, and more.

Hours of operation are: Thursday, April 27: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM; Friday, April 28: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM; and Saturday, April 29: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. An assortment of fan activities are detailed below, and additional information is available at NFL.com/DraftExperience.

Examples of Games

 

  • Zip to the Future presented by Oikos Triple Zero –Fly over NFL Draft Experience on a 100-yard zip line. Due to high demand, timed reservations will be made available via Fan Mobile Pass.

 

  • Combine Corner – From racing against NFL players to running routes, fans can test their football and athletic skills at Combine Corner. Featured attractions include:

o    Vertical Jump: Take your position at the vertical jump and find out what the difference between your reach and the flag you hit is, just like at the NFL Scouting Combine.

o    40-Yard Dash: Race down the field against digital NFL players on a 40-yard long LED wall.

  • Hail Mary –Test your long-distance accuracy by throwing a deep pass over defenders into a drop-in net.
  • Oikos Triple Zero Field Goal Kick –Test your ability to kick a field goal through NFL uprights. 
  • Touch Pass –Master one of the most difficult throws for an NFL quarterback by throwing the ball on an arc over a defensive player and into a net.
  • NFL Virtual Reality – Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology. Examples of Attractions
  • NFL Draft Set –Visit the official NFL Draft set from Thursday to Saturday and see the view from behind the podium
  • ESPN Set  Check out SportsCenter LIVE from NFL Draft Experience.
  • NFL Network Desk presented by Ford F Series  Take your seat behind the NFL Network Total Access desk and break down the game.
     
  • NFL Draft Experience Tailgate – Enjoy selections from some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants in a “taste of the town” tailgate.
  • NFL Museum(Pro Football Hall of Fame display area) – This exhibit features historical Hall of Fame memorabilia, a full collection of 50 Super Bowl rings, Conference Championship trophies, and a chance to create your own digital Hall of Fame bronze bust.
  • NFL Auction Prizes and Giveaways – Located in the NFL Museum, stop by for cool giveaways and chances to win unique NFL instant prizes for registered fans. View game worn and signed memorabilia available only on the NFL Auction website, and learn about the charities and foundations that the NFL and NFL Auction support.
  • Vince Lombardi Trophy – Take a photo with the Super Bowl trophy.
  • AFC & NFC Locker Rooms – Visit a replica NFL locker room as it appears on gameday. Experience the sights of an NFL pregame with sleek transparent LCDs.
  • College Football Corner  Fans can view College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia from former first round Draft picks and Eagles legends, and cheer on Draft prospects from their favorite college team. Life size player mannequins offer unique photo opportunities.

At the Draft Experience, NFL partners are participating in unprecedented and bigger ways:

  • Aquafina NFL Helmet Photo Opportunity – Find your favorite NFL team oversized helmet and have your photo taken by an Aquafina brand ambassador. Share your photos through your favorite social channel and the Fan Mobile Pass app.

 

  • Bridgestone Experience at NFL Draft Experience – Dive into the action, make the winning catch in our football photo experience, pose in an NFL Draft picture frame, and challenge your friends to an interactive football game.
  • Bud Build A Bar Attendees can grab their friends and try their hand in the Bud Light Vend Zone, a fully-customized vending machine that rewards attendees with each successful throw of the football. Afterwards, snap a pic in front of the Bud Light can wall and enjoy other games.

 

  • Campbell’s® Campbell’s® soup will be rolling into the NFL Draft Experience in their food truck with samples of two fan favorites, Campbells Chunky® and SpaghettiOs®. NFL players will be making special appearances at the sampling truck throughout the weekend. After filling up on samples, fans may head over to the NFL PLAY 60 Zone Obstacle Course presented by Campbell’s® & SpaghettiOs® to test their football skills.

 

  • Courtyard Courtyard, the official hotel of the NFL, will celebrate the Draft coming to Philadelphia with lively fan interactives, including “Be a Broadcaster Video Smash-Up” and a “40-Character Dash.” Fans will have access to NFL stars, compete to win prizes, and experience Courtyard’s hospitality.
  • FedEx Shipping Center – Send home your officially licensed NFL Draft merchandise from the convenient FedEx Office Shipping Center.
  • NFL Draft Tavern presented by Bud Light – Grab a drink and support your team during the event at the NFL Draft Tavern presented by Bud Light.

 

  • NFL Shop at Draft presented by Visa  Stop by for the largest assortment of NFL Draft merchandise, including customizable Nike Jerseys and the official 2017 NFL Draft Cap by New Era and exclusive Draft gear.

 

  • NFL SUNDAY TICKET True Fan Zone – Stop by to learn how you can stream every out-of-market game, every Sunday afternoon from your favorite devices. Then, step into the “Sound Off Station” and show everyone your passion for your team.

 

  • Oikos Triple Zero Sampling Truck –Visit the Oikos Triple Zero truck to sample protein packed snacks from the Official Yogurt Sponsor of the NFL.
  • Oikos Unstoppable Drop –Take your chance at dropping a football down larger-than-life Oikos Triple Zero gameboard. With the right bounces, fans could instantly win exciting NFL Draft prizes.
    • Appearance ScheduleThursday, April 27:     Carson WentzFriday, April 28:          Jeremiah Trotter

 

  • Panini America – The exclusive physical trading card partner of the NFL, Panini America will give fans the opportunity to win packs of Panini NFL trading cards and receive the Panini NFL Sticker Album. Fans can create their own digital Panini trading card, interact with their Panini Gridiron app, and learn how to collect the actual trading cards of this year’s Draft picks from Panini Instant.

 

  • Rolling with the Rookies presented by Hyundai  Four Santa Fe vehicles will be wrapped with designs by renowned cleat artist Marcus Rivero, and each vehicle’s wrap will reflect the unique life story of four potential first-round pick rookies. Inside “Rolling with the Rookies,” Hyundai is going beyond the numbers by showing the life journey of these four rookies in its first original NFL content series highlighting the people, places, and experiences that truly shaped them. On display, in addition to the custom designed vehicles, will be four immersive exhibits highlighting footage and memorabilia from each player’s life.

 

  • SiriusXM –SiriusXM NFL Radio and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio bring expert analysis of the 2017 NFL Draft to the Draft Experience. Stop by, see your favorite hosts, listen to live coverage of each pick, and get all the big news that will impact your fantasy team. 
  • Skittles Makes the 2017 NFL Draft Awesomer – Visit the Team Skittles Locker Room to make your NFL Draft Experience Awesomer with exclusive Skittles photo-ops and delicious samples.
  • Tostitos Cantina – Engage with current and former NFL players while they talk about their experiences during past NFL Drafts and grab a bag of Tostitos Tortilla Chips.
    • Appearance Schedule
      Friday, April 28:          4:00 PM – 5:00 PM                 Ron Jaworski
      Saturday, April 29:      11:00 AM – 12:00 PM            Zach Ertz
  • XFINITY Zone at NFL Draft Experience – Visit the XFINITY Zone at NFL Draft Experience and catch live NFL Draft coverage on NFL Network, meet NFL celebrities, and players win prizes, and more.
  • Visa –  The Visa activation at NFL Draft Experience will showcase an innovative retail experience. Visa and M&T Bank have teamed up to offer gift cards and dedicated check-out lanes for fans who complete a mobile pay demo. Stop by the Visa activation in NFL Draft Experience to demo the latest technology.

Play Football Field presented by Danimals®

The NFL and USA Football will host youth football clinics at the Play Football Field presented by Danimals. Local USA Football coaches and NFL players will demonstrate Heads Up tackling amongst other skills and drills.

On-field football clinics are open to boys and girls ages 6-17. Clinics are free and open on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Thursday, April 27:     4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Friday, April 28:           4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 29:      12:00 PM to 3:00 PM; 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM; 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

 

NFL PLAY 60 Zone presentedby Danimals®

 

The NFL PLAY 60 Zone presented by Danimals is an interactive area specifically designed for the youngest NFL fans to get active and moving. Participants can race through agility drills like the pros, test their high jump abilities, and weave through mini tackling.

The following is a sampling of attractions:

  • Gear Up and Go  Try on NFL equipment and feel what it is like to gear up for gameday.

 

  • Kids’ Extra Point Kick  Test your ability to kick a field goal through the uprights.
  • Kids’ Long Snap  Test the ability to snap the ball like a pro.
  • Kids’ Quarterback Challenge  Test your passing skills.

 

  • NFL PLAY 60 App Station – Run, jump, and turn through a simulated world in an app designed by NFL PLAY 60 and the American Heart Association.
  • NFL PLAY 60 Challenge Virtual Field Trip – Take a virtual field trip with the NFL and the American Heart Association to learn how easy and fun it is to get active and heart healthy.
  • NFL PLAY 60 Zone Obstacle Course presented by Campbell’s® & SpaghettiOs®  Race through agility drills just like the pros. Test your high jump abilities and weave through mini tackling dummies.NFL RUSH Gameday Experience gameday with an app designed for kids to play fun games, customize their own avatars, watch awesome videos, and unlock cool digital gear from their favorite teams.

 

Autograph Stage at Draft presented by Panini

Fans may get free autographs from current NFL players and NFL Legends from Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29. An autograph schedule will be released in the coming days. There will also be appearances by team mascots and cheerleaders from the Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens and more.

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NFL to Host Community Events Across Philadelphia Throughout Draft Week

Apr 18, 2017 0
NFL to Host Community Events Across Philadelphia Throughout Draft Week
​​Free events, community activities to reach thousands of Philadelphia residents

The impact of the 2017 NFL Draft will extend far beyond the Benjamin Franklin Parkway through the NFL’s many community events planned for Draft week across Philadelphia. From hospitals to schools, flag football to family football clinics, thousands of local children and their families will experience the excitement of Draft through a series of free events.

The following are some of the ways that the NFL will celebrate Draft week and leave a positive legacy in Philadelphia. Full details on each of these events and participating players will be available via media advisories during Draft Week.

NFL Draft Community Kickoff

On Tuesday, April 25 at 12:45 PM, the NFL will join the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia NFL Draft Host Committee at Starr Garden Park to celebrate the beginning of Draft Week.

Representatives from the partner organizations, including NFL Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility ANNA ISAACSON, Mayor of Philadelphia JIM KENNEY and former Eagles QB and Co-Chair of the Philadelphia NFL Draft Host Committee RON JAWORSKI, will kick off Draft festivities and recognize community grant recipients. Following the press event, the NFL will host a flag football clinic for local students from General George A. McCall Elementary and Middle School.

The NFL Foundation is providing a grant to the School District of Philadelphia to fund flag football programs for local youth athletes. The donation will be used to fund the expansion of flag football and supply key resources and equipment for in-school and after-school programs.

NFL Draft Prospects Shriners Hospital Visit

NFL Draft prospects will spend time with pediatric patients and their families and cheer them on while they participate in a PLAY 60 obstacle course at Shriners Hospitals for Children on Wednesday, April 26 at 10 AM. In 2015, the NFL and Shriners Hospitals for Children teamed to create the NFL PLAY 60 All-Ability Guide, which includes adaptive activities to help children with different physical abilities live an active lifestyle.

Character Playbook Philadelphia Launch, William Ziegler Elementary School

Character Playbook, a joint initiative of the NFL and United Way Worldwide powered by EverFi, an education technology leader in more than 20,000 schools across the nation, will launch in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 26 at 1 PMat William Ziegler Elementary School (5935 Saul St.). The digital course uses evidence-based strategies to educate students on how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships during their critical middle school years. Students will go through the six interactive modules that engage them with true-to-life scenarios including bystander intervention strategies and positive relationship examples. Philadelphia Eagles Legends will then engage in a conversation with students on the importance of character and integrity on and off the field.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Visit

On Thursday, April 27, at 11 AM a group of NFL players will visit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Players will spend time with patients and take part in games and activity sessions with children and their families.

Play Football Clinic, Play Football Field presented by Danimals, Benjamin Franklin Parkway

A group of NFL Draft prospects will lead 100 local children in a youth football clinic on Thursday, April 27 from 9-10 AM. Participants will learn on-field techniques and receive instruction from prospects at various football skills and drills stations, including passing, receiving and agility.

NFL PLAY 60 Clinics, Play Football Field presented by Danimals, Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Children from local schools and organizations will take part in private youth football clinics at the Play Football Field presented by Danimals April 27-29. Participants will take part in hour-long PLAY 60 skills and drills sessions, led by USA Football coaches.

Local schools and organizations taking part in the private clinics include:

  • Cook-Wissahickon School
  • Hamilton Disston Elementary School
  • Haverford School
  • Lewis Elkin Elementary School
  • Munoz-Marin Luis School
  • MVP360 Community Programs
  • Steppingstone Scholars

In addition to these private clinics, thousands of children from the Philadelphia community are invited to take part in public youth football clinics, which will take place at the Play Football Field April 27-29. Parents can register their kids for the free clinics through Fan Mobile Pass – NFL Draft.

NFL PLAY 60 Zone presented by Campbell’s & SpaghettiOs, Benjamin Franklin Parkway

An interactive area specifically designed for the youngest NFL fans to get active and moving, the NFL PLAY 60 Zone presented by Danimals includes an obstacle course, virtual fitness stations and more. A sampling of attractions include:

  • NFL PLAY 60 Zone Obstacle Course  Race through agility drills just like the pros. Test your high jump abilities and weave through mini tackling dummies
  • Kids’ Long Snap – Test the ability to snap the ball like a pro.
  • Kids’ Quarterback Challenge  Test your passing skills.
  • Gear Up and Go  Try on NFL equipment and feel what it’s like to gear up for gameday
  • Kids’ Extra Point Kick  Test your ability to kick a field goal through the uprights.
  • NFL PLAY 60 App Station Run, jump and turn through a simulated world in an app designed by NFL PLAY 60 and the American Heart Association.
  • NFL PLAY 60 Challenge Virtual Field Trip  Take a Virtual Field Trip with the National Football League and the American Heart Association to learn how easy and fun it is to get active and heart healthy.

Special Olympics Unified Flag Football Game and Skills Clinic, Play Football Field presented by Danimals, Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The NFL and Special Olympics will host a football skills and drills clinic followed by a Special Olympics Unified Flag Football game featuring Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes on Friday, April 28 from 10:30 AM-12 PM on the Play Football Field presented by Danimals at NFL Draft Experience. Philadelphia Eagles players will lead skills and drills stations and serve as coaches for the game.

In January, the NFL and Special Olympics kicked off their partnership to provide opportunities for athletes of all abilities to ‘PLAY 60′ through the expansion of Special Olympics Unified Flag Football. The partnership leverages the football community to promote awareness, respect and inclusion of Special Olympics athletes amongst NFL players, clubs, supporters and partners.

NFL Draft High School 7-on-7 Tournament

Football players representing 8 local high school teams will participate in a single elimination 7-on-7 tournament on Friday, April 28 from 6 – 8 PM at the South Philadelphia Supersite (2926 S. 10th St). A character development speech led by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver JORDAN MATTHEWS and Philadelphia Eagles Legend JASON AVANT will take place between games at approximately 7 PM

The two remaining teams will face off in the tournament final on Saturday, April 29 from 9 AM – 12 PM at the Play Football Field Presented by Danimals at the NFL Draft Experience. The winning team of the tournament will appear onstage during the Philadelphia Eagles’ Round 7 pick selection at the NFL Draft Theater.

Players from the following high schools will participate:

  • Downingtown West High School
  • John Bartram High School
  • Malvern Preparatory School
  • Methacton High School
  • Simon Gratz High School
  • South Philadelphia High School
  • St. Joes Preparatory School
  • West Catholic Preparatory School

NFL Draft Family Football Clinic, Play Football Field presented by Danimals, Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The NFL Draft Family Football Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 9 AM. This event will give local kids an opportunity to participate in a youth football clinic with USA Football coaches while their parents listen to football-themed discussion panels on topics ranging from the X’s and O’s of the game to health and safety, heat and hydration and strength and conditioning. The clinic will include Heads Up Football tackling and blocking drills and conclude with kids and parents taking the field together to participate in side-by-side activities.

Participants will include SAM and WILMA MCNABB, parents of former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, and JON RUNYAN, NFL vice president of Football Operations and former Philadelphia Eagles tackle.

Families can register for the free Family Football Clinic through Fan Mobile Pass – NFL Draft.

Fuel Up to Play 60 NFL Draft Ambassadors

ARIANA HINMON and WISDOM AGBEYOME, two local middle school students, will serve as Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassadors and receive a behind-the-scenes experience at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage kids to lead healthier lives. The experience will include an opportunity to cover the Red Carpet, an exclusive tour of the Draft Theater and access to press conferences with prospects after they’ve been drafted.

NFL Draft Special Guests

The following are unique ways that special guests from several of the NFL’s nonprofit partners will participate in Draft festivities.

MAKE-A-WISH® Pick Announcement

Make-A-Wish recipient TJ ONWUANIBE will have his wish granted when he joins COMMISSIONER GOODELL to announce the Baltimore Ravens Round 1 pick on Thursday, April 27. A football-loving 13-year old, TJ is a cancer survivor and devoted Ravens fan from Laurel, MD.   ​

This is the third wish granted at the NFL Draft since 2010. The NFL and Make-A-Wish have a longstanding partnership and have teamed up to grant hundreds of wishes dating back to the Super Bowl in 1982.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Pick Announcement

St. Jude patient KATE FOSTER will join COMMISSIONER GOODELL and Chicago Bears Legend JAY HILGENBERG to announce the Bears’ Round 2 pick on Friday, April 28. A competitive gymnast, Kate, 17, from Rockford, IL, lost her left leg to an infection during treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia at age 12 but overcame her illness and returned to the gym less than a year later. Today, she continues to compete around the country and has received national recognition for her leadership, strength and determination, winning the 2016 USA Gymnastics Robert Miller Spirit of the Flame Award.

NFL PLAY 60 is the “official champion of play” at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping to give all kids the chance to PLAY 60 and lead active and healthy lives. Earlier this year, during the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Network host RICH EISEN ran the 13th annual ‘Run Rich Run’ 40-yard dash to benefit the NFL PLAY 60 relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Salute to Service – Military Appreciation

The NFL will honor and welcome active duty service members, veterans and their families at events throughout Draft week in Philadelphia.

On Thursday evening, a joint color guard and veterans from Wounded Warrior Project will join talent onstage during the National Anthem to open the Draft.

The NFL has teamed with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to honor the Frisons, a Gold Star Family. A Lancaster, Pa. native and passionate Philadelphia Eagles fan, U.S. Army 1st Lt. DEMETRIUS FRISON lost his life in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. Frison’s wife and son will accompany Eagles 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year winner and Long Snapper JON DORENBOS onstage to announce the Eagles’ Round 3 pick on Friday, April 28.

In addition, active duty service members from all five branches of the military and veterans from the USO and Wounded Warrior Project will be guests at the Draft on Saturday for Rounds 4-7. Prior to entering the Draft Theater, military members will enjoy a complimentary meal provided by MISSION BBQ. MISSION BBQ is dedicated to serving those who serve and donates proceeds to local military members, firefighters, police officers, and first responders.

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Recognition

Round 3 Draft announcements will feature past recipients and team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, including the 2013 national award winner and former Chicago Bears cornerback CHARLES TILLMAN.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and represents the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact.

NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero

As previously announced, thousands of fans will have the opportunity to take part in free activities throughout Draft week at NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero. Tickets are not required.

NFL Draft Experience is an expansive, interactive Draft celebration along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that is free to the public and open all three days of the Draft. NFL Draft Experience will feature interactive elements, flag football competitions, concessions, player appearances/autographs, a Super Bowl Museum and more.

The Draft, which was held in Chicago the previous two years, will once again be set in primetime for Rounds 1-3. Round 1 will take place on Thursday, April 27 while Rounds 2-3 will be held on Friday, April 28. The Draft will conclude on Saturday, April 29 with Rounds 4-7.​

For more information on NFL Draft media opportunities or community events, visit NFL.com/DraftExperience.

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Cameron Jordan, Byron Maxwell and Delanie Walker to Participate in NFL-USO Tour to Southwest Asia

Mar 31, 2017 0

CAMERON JORDAN, BYRON MAXWELL AND DELANIE WALKER 

TO PARTICIPATE IN NFL-USO TOUR TO SOUTHWEST ASIA

New Orleans Saints defensive end CAMERON JORDAN, Miami Dolphins cornerback BYRON MAXWELL and Tennessee Titans tight end DELANIE WALKER will embark on a week-long NFL-USO tour to Southwest Asia to visit U.S. troops and their families at military bases, the NFL announced today. These NFL ambassadors were selected to participate in the tour for their excellence on and off the field and charitable endeavors.

An extension of Salute to Service, the League’s year-long military appreciation campaign, this year’s NFL-USO tour will feature an array of base activities from military-themed athletic competitions and unit visits to one-on-one meetings with base leadership at four locations in three countries. The players will also spend quality time with service members and their families, as well as pass out two sports-themed USO2GO kits designed to help service members in remote locations relax and recharge.

“The NFL is pleased to work with the USO on another goodwill tour and provide players with the chance to engage with service men and women. These brave individuals in uniform, who fight for our safety every day, are true heroes and represent the spirit for which our country stands,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility ANNA ISAACSON. “The players participating in this tour are profoundly appreciative of military members and now have the chance to say ‘thank you’ in person.”

For over 50 years, the NFL and USO have worked together to support the military and connect service members to family, home and country. In 1966, the NFL teamed with the USO and became the first sports organization to send players on a tour to Vietnam and other parts of the Far East. Since then, more than 250 NFL players, coaches and executives, including TERRY BRADSHAW, BILL COWHER, FRANCO HARRIS, LARRY FITZGERALD, LYNN SWANN and J.J. WATT, have visited troops on NFL-USO tours in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Kuwait and Somalia. In 2008 Commissioner ROGER GOODELL became the first sports commissioner to visit the troops overseas as part of a USO tour when he visited Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The USO cannot say enough about the incredible support and generosity of the NFL over the last 51 years,” said USO CEO and President J.D. CROUCH. “Their ongoing commitment as a Force Behind the Forces plays a major role in helping the USO fulfill its mission of strengthening our service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country. We are proud to work with the NFL on yet another entertainment tour, and look forward to bringing smiles and a piece of home to the many service members stationed in Southwest Asia.”

In addition to overseas morale-building visits, the NFL has supported several different USO projects through Salute to Service, and earlier this year, announced a $5M commitment to the USO over the next three years to support the expansion and refurbishment of USO centers and programming.

Below is information on players participating in this year’s NFL-USO tour. For more information on the USO please visit uso.org.

CAMERON JORDAN (New Orleans Saints)

Cameron Jordan anchored the defensive line in his fifth NFL season, recording 61 tackles (40 solo), 10 sacks for a total loss of 67 yards, seven passes defensed, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries and was selected to his second career Pro Bowl. His 10 sacks tied for 15th in the NFL. It marked the second time in his career that he’s posted at least 10 takedowns, making him just the ninth Saint with multiple double-digit sack seasons. Jordan also tied for ninth in the league in defensive fumble recoveries. An explosive and physical defensive end, the former University of California standout possesses the combination of size, speed and strength to play defensive end in either a 3-4 or 4-3 alignment. Jordan has appeared in 80 games with 79 starts, posting career totals of 327 stops (188 solo), 39 quarterback takedowns, 25 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries.

The son of a long-time NFL veteran, Jordan learned very early the importance of giving back. Jordan frequently spreads positive messages about the importance of literacy and character development to students in both elementary and high school throughout the school year, as well as during the Saints/United Way Annual Community Patrol Summer Camps. He is the designated LIVE UNITED player representing the Saints and the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.  As the key spokesman of the Saints/Copeland’s Kids Club, he hosts a football skills camp every year for all members and helps to promote the NFL’s PLAY 60 message through various initiatives, but most often, via team-sponsored Junior Training Camps and Playworks Louisiana visits.

Jordan also has a special place in his heart for all events related to uplifting the New Orleans community and practicing goodwill during the holiday season by participating in team turkey giveaways and Christmas gift giveaways. Year-round, he never hesitates to volunteer for any hospital visit, military initiative, or health-related initiatives such as Breast Cancer awareness visits.

BYRON MAXWELL (Miami Dolphins)

Byron Maxwell was acquired by the Dolphins in a trade from Philadelphia in March 2016 and was originally drafted by the Seahawks in 2011. In 2016 he started 13 games and recorded 53 tackles (43 solo), two interceptions, 15 passes defensed and four forced fumbles. He was second in the NFL among defensive backs with four forced fumbles and tied for 13th in the league with 15 passes defensed. His 15 passes defensed this season are the most by a Dolphins player since 2008 (Andre Goodman).

A native of North Charleston, S.C., Maxwell dedicates a significant amount of time and resources to his community through Maxwell’s Way, a foundation serving area residents. The foundation’s mission is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge and strengthen communities. Maxwell is committed to enhancing the lives of youth and providing them with chances at upward mobility by partnering with organizations and institutions of learning. In addition to actively serving his hometown, Maxwell is a pillar of the Miami community, regularly partaking in Dolphins community events. This past Thanksgiving, he and fellow teammates teamed with Publix to host students from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach countries to shop for Thanksgiving meals. Additionally, Maxwell joined teammates and Dolphins executives in the seventh edition of Dolphins Cancer Challenge, a fundraiser including 4,000 cancer fighters who joined together to tackle cancer. This year’s event featured the largest turnout of participants in its history and raised funds for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

DELANIE WALKER (Tennessee Titans)

The Titans targeted Delanie Walker early in the 2013 free agency period to bring physicality, versatility and leadership to the offense. He has delivered that and more, becoming one of the NFL’s top play-making tight ends. The tight end brings a unique element to the offense and poses match-up problems for defenses with his ability to line up in the backfield, on the line, in the slot and as a wideout. The 6-foot-2-inch, 248-pounder spent the first seven years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers after being selected in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. His first three seasons in Tennessee arguably resulted in the best three-year stretch in franchise history by a player at his position. During that time, his 217 receptions and 2,549 receiving yards (to go with 16 touchdowns) set a franchise high for a tight end in any consecutive three-year period, and his reception and yardage totals ranked third and fourth, respectively, in the NFL in that timespan. In 2015, he set the single-season franchise records among tight ends with 94 receptions and 1,088 receiving yards, leading to his first career Pro Bowl invitation.

Walker was named the Tennessee Titans Community Man of the Year in 2013 and 2015, due in large part to his tireless work with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He teamed with MADD to help raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving after losing his aunt and uncle in a horrific accident near New Orleans after Super Bowl XLVII. The morning after San Francisco’s loss to Baltimore at the Superdome, an alleged drunk driver killed Alice and Bryan Young only hours after Walker hugged Alice and Bryan at the team’s postgame party. In addition to his work with MADD, Walker is an ambassador with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office’s “Booze It and Lose It” campaign. During the 2016 offseason, Walker spearheaded a benefit dinner and auction for his foundation called “Carving It Up with Delanie Walker.” He also launched “Delanie Walker’s Imagination Station” at Fall-Hamilton Elementary School in collaboration with Scholastic Book Fairs to provide a new fully-furnished reading room for students.

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