NFL draft recap: 39 Pac-12 players selected in 2015 NFL draft
Fourteen Pac-12 players were selected in the final four rounds of the NFL draft Saturday, bringing the conference’s total to 39 draftees in 2015. That total is third-most of any conference in college football, trailing the SEC’s 54 and ACC’s 47. USC and Stanford led the Pac-12 with six draft picks apiece, while Oregon and Oregon State each had five alums selected. In all, nine Pac-12 teams had at least two players drafted.
The Sun Devils had two guys selected in the fourth round Saturday, doubling the school’s total to four Forks taken in the 2015 NFL draft. Stud offensive lineman and Taylor Kelly’s best friend Jamil Douglas went 114th overall to Miami, while defensive tackle Marcus Hardison was the penultimate pick of the fourth, going 135th to Cincinnati. It’s the first time in five years that four Arizona State guys went in the same draft.
Man , a dream come true. Can't tell you guys how thankful I am for the @MiamiDolphins organization!
— Jamil Douglas (@JamilDouglas74) May 2, 2015
Saturday must have been one of the longest days in Ifo Ekpre-Olomu’s life. Projected as a third-round pick by NFL.com, the Oregon cornerback didn’t go until the seventh round, when the Cleveland Browns took him at 241. The bright side of things? Because he fell out of the third round, Ekpre-Olomu is in line to collect $3 million because of a loss-of-value insurance policy he signed. Ekpre-Olomu was one of five Ducks drafted this year (Marcus Mariota, Arik Armstead, Jake Fisher and Hroniss Grasu the others).
Thank you @Browns for putting your faith in me. I promise you that this day will always be remembered and will drive me to be great.
— Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (@ifo14) May 2, 2015
Oregon State had three guys selected Saturday to bring the Beavs’ total to five draftees in 2015. In a bit of a pleasant surprise since he was not a projected draft pick nor was he considered a top-300 prospect by Mel Kiper Jr., linebacker D.J. Alexander went late in the fifth round to Kansas City at No. 172. Also, receiver-turned-defensive end Obum Gwacham was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round (209th overall). Lastly, defensive back Ryan Murphy crept in there at 248 to reunite with Gwacham with the Seahawks. The five selections are the most Oregon State has had since seven Beavers were drafted in 2009.
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) May 2, 2015
David Parry was the lone Cardinal to go on day three of the draft, hearing his name called by – of course – the Indianapolis Colts at 151 in the fifth round (teammate Henry Anderson was taken by the Colts in the third round, while Stanford alums Coby Fleener, Griff Whalen and Andrew Luck (heard of him?) also get down in Nap-Town). Parry’s selection brought the Stanford tally up to six for 2015. It’s the first time in 40 years that Stanford has had at least six players selected in consecutive drafts (six Cardinal players were taken in both 1974 and 1975).
Couldn't be happier to be a Colt. Ready to get to work.
— David Parry (@DavidParry58) May 2, 2015
It took a while, but Brett Hundley was finally chosen in the fifth round by Green Bay (147th overall). People thought he would go anywhere in the first four rounds, but there aren’t much better places for quarterbacks to go than Green Bay, no matter in which round they’re selected. Doesn’t seem like Hundley has any ill will about going that late, either:
— Brett A. Hundley Jr (@BrettHundley17) May 2, 2015
Hundley was one of three Bruins chosen in the 2015 draft, following Eric Kendricks going in the second round to Minnesota and Owamagbe Odighizuwa going to the Giants in the third round.
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Busy Saturday for former Trojans with four USC football alums getting drafted, all of whom were taken by AFC North teams. First up was cornerback Josh Shaw, who was chosen in the fourth round by Cincinnati (120th). It wasn’t much longer until Baltimore took Buck Allen at 125 (fourth round), while tight end Randall Telfer went in the sixth round to Cleveland at 198. Lastly, the Browns decided to get another Trojan early in the seventh round by taking linebacker Hayes Pullard with the 219th pick (apparently the Browns were convinced by Pullard’s open letter in The Players’ Tribune). In all, six Trojans were drafted, with Leonard Williams and Nelson Agholor going in the first round on Thursday.
No fly zone #WhoDey
— Josh Shaw (@akaBeefDaddy) May 2, 2015
The Utes saw their fourth and final draftee – wide receiver Kaelin Clay – go early in the sixth round to Tampa Bay (184th overall). Given Jameis Winston’s cannon of an arm and Clay’s big-play ability, Winston-to-Clay could be fun to watch for years to come if the Ute can crack the lineup. The four selections – Eric Rowe, Nate Orchard, Jeremiah Poutasi and Clay – are the most for the Utes since 2010.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) May 2, 2015
No Dawgs on the final day of the draft, keeping the school’s total at four draftees. Still, Washington made school history with three first-round choices (Danny Shelton, Marcus Peters and Shaq Thompson), while Hau’oli Kikaha went in the second round to New Orleans.
One selection for the Cougs on Saturday – Vince Mayle went 123rd overall to – who else – the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round. Here’s a good Mayle stat via Cleveland Browns senior media broadcaster Nathan Zegura:
Mayle was the only player in college football to have 2 games of 250+ yards last year. Had long TDs too, despite slow 40 time.
— Nathan Zegura (@NathanZegura) May 2, 2015
In all, Cleveland used seven of its 12 picks on Pac-12 guys (Danny Shelton, Nate Orchard, Xavier Cooper, Mayle, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Randall Telfer and Hayes Pullard). Mayle was one of two Cougars selected in 2015, with Xavier Cooper also going to the Browns in the third round (96th). It’s the first time Washington State has had multiple draft picks since 2007.