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2014 NFL Draft Notes
No. 1 D-Linemen
Houston selected DE Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, marking the first time a defensive lineman has been chosen first overall since 2006 (Mario Williams, Houston).
Clowney is the 14th defensive lineman in NFL history to be selected with the No. 1 overall pick and only the second player from South Carolina to be chosen No. 1 overall (George Rogers, 1981).
Defensive Linemen -- No. 1 Overall Selections (All-Time)
|1963||Buck Buchanan||Kansas City||Grambling|
|1967||Bubba Smith||Baltimore Colts||Michigan State|
|1972||Walt Patulski||Buffalo||Notre Dame|
|1974||Ed Jones||Dallas||Tennessee State|
|1976||Lee Roy Selmon||Tampa Bay||Oklahoma|
|1982||Kenneth Sims||New England||Texas|
|1985||Bruce Smith||Buffalo||Virginia Tech|
|1994||Dan Wilkinson||Cincinnati||Ohio State|
|2000||Courtney Brown||Cleveland||Penn State|
|2006||Mario Williams||Houston||North Carolina State|
|2014||Jadeveon Clowney||Houston||South Carolina|
Selected No. 4 overall by the Buffalo Bills, Clemson WR Sammy Watkins is the second wide receiver in school history to be drafted in the top 10, joining JERRY BUTLER (1979, 5th overall). Watkins is also the fifth Clemson wide receiver to be drafted in the first round.
Clemson WRs Selected in First Round (All-Time)
|1979||Jerry Butler||5||Buffalo Bills|
|1982||Perry Tuttle||19||Buffalo Bills|
|2013||DeAndre Hopkins||27||Houston Texans|
|2014||Sammy Watkins||4||Buffalo Bills|
Clemson is the fifth school in draft history to have a wide receiver selected in the first round in consecutive years. In 2013, WR De Andre Hopkins was selected 27th overall by Houston.
The schools to have wide receivers selected in Round 1 in consecutive years:
|College||First-Round Wide Receivers (Years)|
|Tennessee||Anthony Hancock (1982), Willie Gault (1983), Clyde Duncan (1984)|
|Southern California||Curtis Conway (1993), Johnnie Morton (1994)|
|Colorado||Charles Johnson (1994), Michael Westbrook (1995)|
|Ohio State||Joey Galloway (1995), Terry Glenn (1996)|
|Ohio State||Santonio Holmes (2006), Ted Ginn Jr. (2007), Anthony Gonzalez (2007)|
|Clemson||DeAndre Hopkins (2013), Sammy Watkins (2014)|
With his selection by the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL 2014 Draft, Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews joins an exclusive NFL club.
Matthews becomes the 10th son of a Pro Football Hall of Fame player/coach to be drafted into the league. Jake follows his father Bruce (HOF, 2007). Bruce Matthews, a guard, was drafted out of Southern California by the Houston Oilers in the first round (No. 9 overall) in 1982.
Jake Matthews is the fourth son of a Hall of Famer to be drafted in the first round, joining Chris and Kyle Long snd Kellen Winslow.
The Hall of Fame father/drafted son rundown:
|Hall of Fame Father (Year Inducted)||Drafted Son(s) (Team, Year)|
|LB Bobby Bell (1983)||LB Bobby Bell, Jr. (N.Y. Jets, 1984)|
|RB Tony Dorsett (1994)||CB Anthony Dorsett (Houston, 1996)|
|QB Bob Griese (1990)||QB Brian Griese (Denver, 1998)|
|G Russ Grimm (2010)||S Cody Grimm (Tampa Bay, 2010)|
|DT Howie Long (2000)||DE Chris Long (St. Louis, 2008), G Kyle Long (Chicago, 2013)|
|G Bruce Matthews (2007)||T Jake Matthews (Atlanta, 2014)|
|RB-DB/Coach Don Shula (1997)||QB Mike Shula (Tampa Bay, 1987)|
|T Jackie Slater (2001)||WR Matthew Slater (New England 2008)|
|TE Kellen Winslow (1995)||TE Kellen Winslow (Cleveland, 2004)|
Quick Hits: Other items of note from the Draft
QB Blake Bortles (Jacksonville, No. 3) was selected earlier than any other player in Central Florida history. He joins QB Daunte Culpepper (1999, No. 11 overall, Minnesota) as the only players in school history to be chosen in Round 1.
LB Khalil Mack (Oakland, No. 5) is the first player from the University of Buffalo to be drafted in Round 1.
Three Louisville players were selected in Round 1 of an NFL Draft for the first time in history -- S Calvin Pryor (No. 18, Jets), QB Teddy Bridgewater (No. 32, Minnesota) and LB Marcus Smith (No. 26, Philadelphia).
Nine defensive backs were selected in Round 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft, the most of any first round in NFL Draft history. The previous record of seven occurred three times (1998, 2006 and 2013).
The record-setting nine defensive backs drafted in Round 1:
|Defensive Back||Team (Pick)||College|
|Justin Gilbert||Cleveland (8)||Oklahoma State|
|Kyle Fuller||Chicago (14)||Virginia Tech|
|Calvin Pryor||Jets (18)||Louisville|
|Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||Green Bay (21)||Alabama|
|Darqueze Dennard||Cincinnati (24)||Michigan State|
|Jason Verrett||San Diego (25)||Texas Christian|
|Deone Bucannon||Arizona (27)||Washington State|
|Jimmie Ward||San Francisco (30)||Northern Illinois|
|Bradley Roby||Denver (31)||Ohio State|
The Southeastern Conference had 11 players drafted in Round 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft, the most of any conference.
Since 2000, the SEC leads all conferences with 607 total draft choices:
A pair of Texas A&M teammates -- T Jake Matthews (Atlanta, No. 6) and WR Mike Evans (No. 7, Tampa Bay) -- were selected back-to back early in Round 1. This marks the first time in school history two Aggies have been selected with back-to-back top 10 picks.
Consecutive Top 10 Choices from the 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)|
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