Promoter Russell Peltz on 50 years in boxing: ‘It’s been quite a ride’

J Russell Peltz was 22 years old when he promoted his first boxing card 50 years ago at the legendary Blue Horizon.  On Oct. 4, Peltz will celebrate half a century as a boxing promoter with a card at the 2300 Arena that will reflect his reputation for promoting Philly vs. Philly, no-quarters-given bouts. 

The eight-fight card, promoted by Raging Babe, will feature junior welterweight Victor Padilla, of Berlin, NJ, by way of Vieques, Puerto Rico, in the main event.  Padilla, who is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, is undefeated in five fights, all by way of knockout, and is considered by Peltz and others to be a future world champion.  Peltz will serve as matchmaker for the event.

It has been nearly 20 years since Peltz received the Long and Meritorious Service award from the Boxing Writers Association of America and Philadelphia Sportswriters Association, followed in 2004 by his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. While others might have considered retirement, Peltz has gone on to promote more than 150 additional events, bringing his total number of promoted shows to nearly 1,000.  He has promoted or co-promoted more than 40 world championship fights.  

After starting his career as sports editor of the Temple News–the daily student newspaper at Temple University–and then on the sports copy desk at the Evening and Sunday Bulletin, Peltz traded in his typewriter for the roller coaster that is professional boxing.  He was dubbed “The Boy Wonder,” when he sold out the 1,346-seat Blue Horizon in his first event on Sept. 30, 1969, a night that featured a middleweight main event between Bennie Briscoe, of Philadelphia, and Tito Marshall, of Panama. The standing-room-only crowd was 1,606. 

In more recent years, he’s taken Michelle Rosado (aka Raging Babe) under his wing, mentoring her and showing her the ins and outs of the boxing business with his unique brand of tough love.  

“I can think of no one better to promote my 50th Anniversary Celebration,” said Peltz.  “I have been able to sit in the passenger seat the last couple years while Michelle drove and I’m excited to share this special event with her. 

“It seems like yesterday I was sitting outside the Blue Horizon in North Philly, selling tickets out of my car for my first card after the box office closed for the day. From there to the old Arena in West Philly, then to The Spectrum in South Philly, it’s been quite a ride. Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Europe, South America, the Orient–I cannot believe it’s been half a century.”

Rosado: “It’s an honor to put on this card with and for Russell’s 50th. He has been an incredible mentor and friend, and I think I have looked forward to this celebration of his legacy even more than he has.”  

Tickets to “Peltz Boxing 50th Anniversary Celebration” are priced $50, $70 and $90. They can be purchased online at www.2300arena.com or by calling 215-758-2173 and/or 215-765-0922. Doors open at 6:30 pm and first bout is at 7:30 pm.

Photo/courtesy: Darryl Cobb

Medical update on 76ers’ Zhaire Smith

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Zhaire Smith is recovering well after receiving additional medical treatment for complications derived from the allergic reaction that initially required a thoracoscopy, which was performed back in September when Smith had an allergic reaction to a food product.

According to the team, his return to athletic training has yet to be determined, and as such, there is no timetable for his return to play.

Before the thoracoscopy, Smith was recovering from surgery after he was diagnosed with a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot back in August.

 

Iverson sits out in his return to Philly; Week 4 highlights of BIG3

Former 76ers stars Allen Iverson and Julius “Dr. J” Erving made their return to Philly on Sunday. A crowd of 12,435 saw an injured Iverson coach, but not play, during the BIG3’s stop in Philadelphia.

Iverson made this announcement via Instagram before the BIG3 action:

Here are the highlights from Week 4, including the Philly faithful showing Iverson some love:

Tri-State (51) vs. 3’s Company (44)(coached by Iverson)

 

Power (51) vs. Ghost Ballers (44) 

 

Trilogy (50) vs. Ball Hogs (43)

 

3 Headed Monsters (51) vs. Killer 3s (46)

 

Courtesy: FS1

Myles Garrett goes number one to Browns

In a not so surprising move, with the number one pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Browns select former Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett. In Garrett, the Browns get what could be a dominating DE for the next 10-15, or if you believe like Warren Sapp, you might get a bust. We’ll let time take care of that one.

Should be interesting what the Browns do with the number 12 pick. We’ll find out in about a hour.

Chiefs trying to get into the top 10?

According to Ian Rapoport, the Kansas City Chiefs might be trying to get into the top 10 in the NFL Draft. At this point, the Chiefs have pick number 27.  We’ll find out soon what is going to happen.

2017 NFL Draft news and notes!

As you prepare for the tonight’s NFL Draft, here are a few facts and figures that will get you ready. Enjoy!

2017 NFL DRAFT NOTES​

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(will not attend)

 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

NO. 1 PICK

SCHOOL

TEAM

NO. 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

NO. 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

NO. CHOSEN

TEAM

2012

Andrew Luck

QB

1

Indianapolis

1983

John Elway

QB

1

Baltimore Colts

1971

Jim Plunkett

QB

1

New England

— NFL DRAFT —

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

NO. 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

NO. 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 choice in 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

NO. CHOSEN

TEAM

2006

Joseph Addai

30

Indianapolis

1991

Harvey Williams

21

Kansas City

1979

Charles Alexander

12

Cincinnati

 

— NFL DRAFT —

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

Who will be making the announcement for your team on Day 2 of NFL Draft?

Yesterday, we looked at some of the celebrities who will be announcing picks on Day three of the NFL Draft. Today, the NFL revealed some of the legends that will be announcing some of the picks on day two of the draft.

Here is the list below:

Team Round 2 Round 3
Arizona Cardinals Jim Hart Mike Leach
Atlanta Falcons Gerald Riggs Matt Bosher
Baltimore Ravens Jermaine Lewis Edwin Mulitalo
Buffalo Bills Thurman Thomas Bryan Scott
Carolina Panthers Travelle Wharton Greg Olsen
Chicago Bears Jay Hilgenberg Sam Acho
Cincinnati Bengals Anthony Muñoz Vincent Rey
Cleveland Browns Jim Brown Josh Cribbs
Dallas Cowboys Drew Pearson Bradie James
Denver Broncos Floyd Little Rod Smith
Detroit Lions Lem Barney Don Carey
Green Bay Packers Jim Taylor Jayrone Elliott
Houston Texans Andre Johnson Brian Cushing
Indianapolis Colts Robert Mathis Joe Reitz
Jacksonville Jaguars Tony Boselli Josh Scobee
Kansas City Chiefs Carlos Carson Will Shields
Los Angeles Chargers Shawne Merriman Jeremiah Attaochu
Los Angeles Rams Jack Youngblood Steven Jackson
Miami Dolphins Larry Little Chris Chambers
Minnesota Vikings John Randle Madieu Williams
New England Patriots Andre Tippett Matthew Slater
New Orleans Saints Morten Andersen Lance Moore
New York Giants Harry Carson Jessie Armstead
New York Jets Joe Klecko Brandon Moore
Oakland Raiders Willie Brown Willie Brown
Philadelphia Eagles Ron Jaworski Jon Dorenbos
Pittsburgh Steelers Franco Harris Arthur Moats
San Francisco 49ers Tom Rathman Justin Smith
Seattle Seahawks Jacob Green Cliff Avril
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Alstott Ryan Nece
Tennessee Titans Mike Rozier Jurrell Casey
Washington Redskins Clinton Portis London Fletcher

Who will be making the announcement for your team on Day 3 of NFL Draft?

Day three of the NFL Draft should be very interesting, but not for the reasons you think. On Day three, pick announcements will feature current and former NFL players, military personnel, actors, singers, and more!

Also, Round 6 will be youth football-themed, and youth football players from Pop Warner, NFL FLAG, and local teams will represent various NFL clubs in their individual markets during pick selections.

Here are a few:

  • Arizona Cardinals – Ten season ticket members will join cheerleaders and Big Red, the team’s mascot, to announce picks from the GRAND CANYON.
  • Chicago Bears – Bears running back JORDAN HOWARD and military personnel will make selections from the team’s headquarters at HALAS HALL.
  • Cleveland Browns – Former Browns player JOSH CRIBBS and season ticket members, along with alumni, will announce picks from CEDAR POINT AMUSEMENT PARK.
  • Denver Broncos – Military members and NFL legends will make selections from PIÑON CANYON MANEUVER SITE.
  • Houston Texans – Astronauts at the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND SPACE CENTER will announce picks for the first time from outer space.
  • Indianapolis Colts – Colts defensive end KENDALL LANGFORD will make picks from the INDIANAPOLIS ZOO, along with staff personnel.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars – Picks will be announced from LONDON and JACKSONVILLE.
  • Kansas City Chiefs – Service members will make picks from the WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE.
  • New York Jets – Children of fallen EMT Yadira Arroyo will announce Day 3 selections from EMT HOUSE 26.
  • Philadelphia Eagles –  Actor MORRIS CHESTNUT and CNBC’s JIM CRAMER will make picks from the NFL DRAFT THEATER.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers – Actor MILO VENTIMIGLIA, Actress MANDY MOORE, current players, and members of a local youth football team will announce selections from HEINZ FIELD.
  • San Francisco 49ers – Country music singer JON PARDI will make picks from LEVI’S STADIUM.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – General JOSEPH VOTEL, Commander of the United States Central Command, will announce selections from the team’s headquarters at ONE BUCANNEERS PLACE.
  • Washington Redskins – Actor MICHAEL EALY will make picks with fans from FEDEX FIELD.

NFL ANNOUNCES THE PLAYERS WHO WILL BE AT THE DRAFT

The NFL announced today the 22 players that will be in the green room at the NFL Draft.

The draft will be April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

Here is the list below:

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