Historic night for Mass. natives in NFL Draft

May, 11, 2014
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With an average of only 10 to 15 Massachusetts natives signing to Division 1 FBS scholarships in a given recruiting calendar, it's usually a high achievement to see at least one Bay Stater picked up in an NFL Draft.

But four? That's practically unprecedented.

Leominster's Rob Blanchflower, Dartmouth's Arthur Lynch, and Worcester natives Richard Rodgers and Yawin Smallwood were all taken over the second and third days of this year's NFL Draft, a rare high-watermark for the area's talent. Also noteworthy is the fact that Blanchflower and Rodgers are former teammates at Shrewsbury's St. John's High, the first time since 2003 that two former high school teammates from Massachusetts were chosen in the same draft.

For some perspective, here's the rundown of locals taken in the NFL Draft since 2000:

2014
3rd - Richard Rodgers, TE, St. John’s HS/Cal (Green Bay Packers)
5th - Arthur Lynch, TE, Dartmouth HS/Georgia (Miami Dolphins)
7th - Rob Blanchflower, TE, St. John’s HS/UMass (Pittsburgh Steelers)
7th – Yawin Smallwood, LB, Doherty HS/UConn (Atlanta Falcons)

2013
3rd - Brennan Williams, OT, Catholic Memorial/North Carolina (Houston Texans)
7th – Michael Cox, RB, Avon Old Farms (Conn.)/UMass (New York Giants)

2011
5th – Anthony Sherman, FB, North Attleboro HS/UConn (Arizona Cardinals)
6th – Jordan Todman, RB, Dartmouth HS/UConn (San Diego Chargers)

2009
2nd - Ron Brace, DT, Burncoat HS/Boston College (New England Patriots)
7th – Ryan Durand, OG, St. Bernard’s HS/Syracuse (Tennessee Titans)

2008
1st - Gosder Cherilus, OT, Somerville HS/Boston College (Detroit Lions)
5th - Breno Giacomini, OT, Malden HS/Louisville (Green Bay Packers)
5th - Jonathan Goff, LB, St. John's Prep/Vanderbilt (New York Giants)
7th – Mackenzy Bernardeau, OG, Waltham HS/Bentley University (Carolina Panthers)

2007
4th – Zak DeOssie, LB, Phillips Andover/Brown (New York Giants)

2006
7th – Ryan LaCasse, LB, Stoughton HS/Syracuse (Indianapolis Colts)

2005
3rd – Alfred Fincher, LB, Norwood HS/UConn (New Orleans Saints)

2003
5th - Brian St. Pierre, QB, St. John’s Prep/Boston College (Pittsburgh Steelers)
7th - Wayne Lucier, C, St. John's Prep/Colorado (New York Giants)

2002
1st - Marc Colombo, OT, Bridgewater-Raynham HS/Boston College (Chicago Bears)

2001
7th - Paul Zukauskas, OG, Boston College HS/Boston College (Cleveland Browns)

Brendan C. Hall

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Brendan C. Hall joined ESPNBoston.com as a high schools reporter/editor in May 2010, after four years covering high schools for The Boston Globe. The Westminster, Mass. native also served on the Globe's Bruins beat in 2009.
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