Sunday, May 11, 2014
Historic night for Mass. natives in NFL Draft
By Brendan C. Hall
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: