Dallas Colleges: 2011 NFL Draft
TCU led the area colleges in players picked with five, including the Cincinatti Bengals’ 35th overall pick of quarterback Andy Dalton in the second round. Dalton, a Katy, Texas, native, hold’s TCU’s record for most wins, going 42-7 in his four years as the Horned Frogs' starting QB.
Odessa native Marcus Cannon went in the fifth round to New England as the 138th pick in the draft. Just before the draft, Cannon was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but he told ESPN Dallas’ Richard Durrett he was thankful to be selected. Cannon, an offensive lineman, was a two-time first team All-Mountain West selection at TCU.
Following Cannon for the Frogs was wide receiver Jeremy Kerley at pick No. 153 to the New York Jets, where he will join former Frogs LaDainian Tomlinson and Drew Colman. Kerley was a first-team All-American return specialist and ranks ninth all time at TCU in career receptions. Kerley played his high school career for the Hutto Hippos.
Safety Colin Jones went to the San Fransico 49ers in the sixth round as the 190th pick overall. Jones was second on TCU during his senior season in tackles with 80 and tackles for loss with 11.5. He was a standout running back and four-year letterman at Bridgeport High School.
The Patriots dipped into the Fort Worth talent pool again in the seventh round, taking cornerback Malcom Williams No. 219 overall. Williams was a two-year letterman for the Frogs and played in high school at South Grand Prairie.
SMU sent a receiver to the NFL through the draft for the second straight year with Aldrick Robinson going to the Washington Redskins as the 178th pick overall, in the sixth round. He follows Emmanuel Sanders who went 82nd overall to the Pittsburg Stealers in the 2010 draft. Robinson, a Waxahachie native, set a school record at SMU with 14 touchdowns and finished second with 1,301 receiving yards in 2010.
Linebacker Von Miller formally of DeSoto went second overall to the Denver Broncos after recording 59 tackles and 1 INT in his 2010 season at Texas A&M.
Following Miller in the first round was Colleyville Heritage’s Christian Ponder as the 12th pick overall to the Minnesota Vikings. Ponder threw for 2,044 yards and 20 TDs in 2010 at Florida State.
In the fourth round, former Dallas St. Mark’s and Texas defensive end Sam Acho went to the Arizona Cardinals as the 103rd pick overall. In 2010, Acho made 60 tackles and forced two fumbles.
The Cowboys selected former Cedar Hill cornerback Josh Thomas in the fifth round, 143rd overall. Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire told ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon that Thomas will be a very hard worker for the Cowboys.
Ten picks before Waxahachie’s Robinson was selected, offensive lineman Demarcus Love of Dallas Carter was selected by the Vikings in the sixth round.
Former Metroplex players flew off the board in a flurry in the seventh round, beginning with former Southlake Carroll quarterback Greg McElroy, 208th overall to the Jets. Along with winning a national championship at Alabama in 2009, McElroy threw for 2,987 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2010.
At pick 216, defensive back Mikail Baker, formally of Dallas Skyline and Baylor, went to the St. Louis Rams, three picks before South Grand Pairie’s Williams.
Bringing up the end of the draft were two players from the University of Oklahoma who had come from the Metroplex, Jonathan Nelson and Jeremy Beal. Nelson, a cornerback from Mansfield Summit, went to the Rams as the 229th pick. Beal, a defensive end from Carrollton Creekview, went to the Broncos as the 247th pick.
The Combine is held Feb. 23 - March 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
*Cannon, rated by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. as the fifth-best offensive tackle available in the 2011 NFL Draft, is a three-time All-Mountain West Conference selection and a third-team All-American in 2010.
*Dalton was the nation's leader in career wins by an active quarterback this season. He posted a 42-7 record in his four years as a starter and was a three-time bowl game most valuable player. Dalton holds every major TCU passing record and was a two-time MWC Offensive
Player of the Year. He was a finalist for the Manning Award and Johnny Unitas Award while being a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award. He finished ninth in Heisman Trophy voting. Dalton set TCU single-season records in 2010 with a 66.1 completion percentage and 27 touchdown passes. He threw just six interceptions.
*Daniels was a first-team All-American as he led the 2010 Horned Frogs with 14 tackles for loss and 6 1/2 sacks. Daniels and Dalton were the only two unanimous first-team All-MWC selections this season. He closed his TCU career by recording two tackles for loss among six
stops in the 21-19 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. He opened the season with two sacks in a 30-21 victory over Oregon State.
*Kerley, a first-team All-American as a return specialist, was one of three finalists for the Paul Hornung Award. He was the MWC Special Teams Player of the Year for the second straight season and the league's first-team All-MWCreturn specialist for the third consecutive year. He was one of just two players in the nation to rank in the top 20 in punt returns (12.9 yards) and kickoff returns (27.7 yards) this season. He also led TCU with 56 receptions and 10 touchdown catches.
*Young closed his career as one of the more productive receivers in TCU history. His 2,316 receiving yards rank second on the Horned Frogs' career list, while his 147 receptions place fifth. Young's 13 touchdown receptions are tied for fifth all-time. He was a three-time All-MWC performer. In his final game at TCU, he tied a season-high with five receptions for 57 yards in the Rose Bowl victory
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