Four Former Beavers Selected in the NFL Draft
April 23, 2001
Corvallis, Ore. -
Wide Receiver Chad Johnson was selected in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft, headlining four former Oregon State University football players picked in the two-day event. The four comprise the second-highest total selected out of the Pac-10 Conference, and the largest contingent of players drafted out of OSU since 1972 (four players).
Johnson was one of two Beavers drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, as fellow receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh was the team's seventh round pick. Johnson caught 37 passes for 806 yards and eight touchdowns last season in helping OSU to a final national ranking of fourth in the nation. Johnson, who played in the Senior Bowl, also was on the receiving end of a school record 97-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jonathan Smith. Houshmandzadeh had 48 receptions for 730 yards and seven touchdowns. He also was a second team All-Pacific-10 Conference selection and played in the East-West Shrine Game.
Defensive end DeLawrence Grant was the third round selection of the Oakland Raiders, and the 89th pick overall. Grant had 41 tackles as a senior, including 13-for-losses and seven sacks. Grant was a first team All-Pac-10 selection, received several second team and honorable mention All-American honors, and played in the East-West Shrine Game.
Offensive Tackle Mitch White was taken in the sixth round by the New Orleans Saints. White played a large role in OSU's vaunted rushing attack that averaged 181.2 yards per game, second in the Pac-10 and 28th in all of Division I.