Dallas Colleges: Josh LeRibeus

SMU had three more players selected in the NFL draft Saturday.

Following in the footsteps of OG Josh LeRibeus, who was picked in the third round (71st overall) by the Washington Redskins on Friday, was defensive end/tight end Taylor Thompson (145th overall), Richard Crawford (213th overall) and Kelvin Beachum (248th overall).

Thompson, a fifth-round pick by the Tennessee Titans, had 22.5 tackles for loss and 18 sacks in his career at SMU and was a three-time All-Conference USA selection.

Crawford will join LeRibeus in Washington. Taken in the seventh round by the Redskins, Crawford picked off six passes and recorded 101 tackles in two seasons and was a first team All-Conference USA selection in 2011 as punt return specialist.

Beachum moves on to Pittsburg after starting four years at left tackle for SMU, where he earned first team all-conference honors his junior and senior seasons. Beachum will be reunited with former Mustangs teammate Emmanuel Sanders with the Steelers.

Horned Frogs duo drafted

TCU linebacker Tank Carder and defensive back/kick returner Greg McCoy received draft calls Saturday.

Carder, famous for his “immaculate deflection” in TCU’s Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin, was selected 147th overall in the fifth round by the Buffalo Bills and becomes the fifth TCU linebacker in as many season to join an NFL team.

Carder was a two-time All-American and a Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year in his junior and senior seasons, amassing 70 tackles for the Horned Frogs his senior year.

McCoy will head to Chicago. Taken in the seventh round (280th overall) by the Bears, McCoy was an All-American return specialist his senior season, as well as the Mountain West special teams player of the year.

McCoy, who played at Dallas Woodrow Wilson, saved TCU’s Poinsettia Bowl victory by returning an interception 24 yards to set up the game-tying touchdown.

He returned two kicks for touchdowns in 2011 and his 30.6-yard return average his senior year ranked sixth nationally.

Cader and McCoy are Gary Patterson’s 30th and 31st players drafted in his tenure at TCU.

Former Berkner, SMU lineman drafted 71st

April, 27, 2012
Former Richardson Berkner and SMU offensive guard Josh LeRibeus was the first Metroplex-native player picked in the 2012 NFL draft, selected by the Washington Redskins as the eighth pick of the third round (71st overall).

Berkner coach Jim Ledford said he was very pleased with his former player’s new team, especially after the Redskins selected 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

“What a great opportunity with RGIII,” Ledford said. “What [LeRibeus] does best is pull and they’ll run a lot of boots and things like that with [Mike] Shanahan stuff and that’s what Josh is really good at.”

Ledford watched LeRibeus’ selection with the player and his family Friday night and said he believed the lineman would go 74th overall to Kansas City. However, Ledford said he had no doubt Washington selected LeRibeus for his ability to pull and protect a mobile quarterback.

LeRibeus was key in Berkner’s 12-0 season in 2006 after moving from guard to tackle to tight end throughout the season.

“Josh was a dominating player from his junior high years all the way through all his high school years,” Ledford said.

LeRibeus spent five years at SMU after graduating from Berkner in 2007, where he averaged six pancake blocks per game in his senior season.

After a redshirt season for the Mustangs in 2007, LeRibeus saw action in his freshman year and took over a starting position in 2009, where he was named honorable mention All-C-USA as a sophomore.

SMU has not seen a player drafted as high as LeRibeus since the death penalty, when Ron Morris (54th overall) and Jerry Ball were selected in the second and third rounds of the draft.

LeRibeus became the second-highest drafted player in Berkner history, behind defensive back Aqib Talib who was picked 20th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2008 draft.

Former Arlington Seguin/Oklahoma DB goes to Cardinals

Also getting the call in the third round was cornerback Jamell Fleming as the 80th pick overall to the Arizona Cardinals.

Fleming took to twitter after the announcement of his selection on the handle @JamellFleming, tweeting a picture of himself in a Cardinal red shirt.

“I got my team color on! Let’s go Cardinals!” Fleming said via twitter.

Fleming started in all of OU’s games his junior and senior seasons, racking up 60 total tackles his senior season with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

He was selected as a first team All-Big 12 player in 2011, with a highlight 56-yard scoop-and-score against Texas for his second career touchdown.
The Cowboys' Dallas Day kicks off today at Valley Ranch with several area players getting a chance to talk with team officials.

SMU guard Josh LeRibeus, a 6-3, 312 pounder and TCU defensive end Braylon Broughton, 6-4, 255, will visit the complex.

LeRibeus missed his junior season for academic reasons but played his senior season. Here's the scouting report on him from NFL.com. Our guys at Scouts Inc. have this report.

Broughton improved his stock among NFL teams with a strong effort at TCU's Pro Day. He ran a 4.5 40 and has the size and power to maybe get drafted in the middle-to-late rounds.

Broughton also visited the Detroit Lions.