29 April 2011

NFL Draft- 1st day

Historical year continues for Mizzou
by MizzMatt 4/29/11
photo courtesy: We Are Mizzou
For the first time in the history of the University of Missouri athletic department, two former Tigers were taken in the top 10 of a professional draft.  Sophomore defensive end Aldon Smith from Raytown, MO was selected as the second-highest Tiger ever in the draft, as 7th overall to the San Francisco 49ers, where he joins fellow defensive lineman, former Tiger and the highest Mizzou alum to go in the draft- Justin Smith (to my knowledge, there is no relation).  Junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who many predicted would go as high as 1st to Carolina, found himself in a slide down the draft board, but still managed to get taken as 10th overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who traded with Washington for their pick.

"Playing in the NFL, it's a dream come true," said Gabbert, who leaves after helping lead Missouri to 40 wins over the last four seasons, including two Big 12 North Championships (2007-08) and a shared Big 12 North Championship (2010).

The first day of the draft is over, and for some, dreams have come true.  For others, such as the Arkansas Razorbacks' QB Ryan Mallett, the dream has been prolonged.  With eight of the first 32 picks in the draft coming out of the Big 12 Conference, I think it's safe to say that the Big 12 is no "cupcake" conference.

Here's the list of the first 32:
1 Carolina Cam Newton (QB) Auburn 
2 Denver Von Miller (OLB) Texas A&M 
3 Buffalo Marcell Dareus (DT) Alabama 
4 Cincinnati A.J. Green (WR) Georgia 
5 Arizona Patrick Peterson (CB) LSU 
6 Atlanta (T) Julio Jones (WR) Alabama 
7 San Francisco Aldon Smith (DE) Missouri 
8 Tennessee Jake Locker (QB) Washington 
9 Dallas Tyron Smith (OT) USC 
10 Jacksonville (T) Blaine Gabbert (QB) Missouri 
11 Houston J.J. Watt (DE) Wisconsin 
12 Minnesota Christian Ponder (QB) Florida St 
13 Detroit Nick Fairley (DT) Auburn 
14 St. Louis Robert Quinn (DE) UNC 
15 Miami Mike Pouncey (C) Florida
16 Washington (T Ryan Kerrigan (DE) Purdue 
17 New England Nate Solder (OT) Colorado 
18 San Diego Corey Liuget (DT) Illinois 
19 NY Giants Prince Amukamara (CB) Nebraska 
20 Tampa Bay Adrian Clayborn (DE) Iowa 
21 Cleveland (T) Phil Taylor (DT) Baylor 
22 Indianapolis Anthony Castonzo (OT) BC 
23 Philadelphia Danny Watkins (OG) Baylor 
24 New Orleans Cameron Jordan (DE) California 
25 Seattle James Carpenter (OG) Alabama 
26 Kansas City (T Jonathan Baldwin (WR) Pittsburgh
27 Baltimore Jimmy Smith (CB) Colorado
28 New Orleans (T) Mark Ingram (RB) Alabama 
29 Chicago Gabe Carimi (OT) Wisconsin
30 NY Jets Muhammad Wilkerson (DE) Temple
31 Pittsburgh Cameron Heyward (DE) Ohio St
32 Green Bay Derek Sherrod (OT) Miss St

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