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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:

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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