Things to know: the draft edition
April, 25, 2012
By Kevin Gemmell | ESPN.com
Here's some notes and facts about the upcoming NFL draft provided by the good people at the Stanford athletic department.
- If Andrew Luck is selected first overall [and the Colts have already said he will be], he would become the fourth Stanford quarterback to have been selected with the first overall pick, joining Bobby Garrett (1954; Cleveland), Jim Plunkett (1971; New England) and John Elway (1983; Baltimore). John Brodie was selected in the second round by the San Francisco 49ers in 1957.
- Stanford is the only school to have produced four quarterbacks who were selected first overall in the NFL draft.
- Stanford has produced 18 first-round selections since 1936.
- Stanford’s last first-round selection came in 2003, when offensive tackle Kwame Harris was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers.
- The last time Stanford had two first-round selections was in 1992, when offensive tackle Bob Whitfield (Atlanta) and fullback Tommy Vardell (Cleveland) were selected with the eighth and ninth picks, respectively.
- Stanford has had two players drafted in the first round on three occasions. In addition to Whitfield and Vardell in 1992, defensive tackle Greg Sampson (Houston) and linebacker Jeff Siemon (Minnesota) were both selected in the first round in the 1972 draft, while wide receiver James Lofton (Green Bay) and offensive tackle Gordon King (New York Giants) were tabbed in the first round of the 1978 draft.
- Stanford has never had more than two players selected in the first round.
- USC is the only Pac-12 school to have produced as many as many as four first-round picks (five in 1968; 4 in 2008).
- After not having any players selected in either the 2008 or ’09 NFL drafts, Stanford had three players (running back Toby Gerhart/second round/Minnesota; defensive end Erik Lorig/seventh/Tampa Bay; and tight end Jim Dray/seventh/Arizona) drafted in 2010 and four players (nose guard Sione Fua/third/Carolina; fullback Owen Marecic/fourth/Cleveland; cornerback Richard Sherman/fifth/Seattle; wide receiver Ryan Whalen/6th/Cincinnati) in 2011.
- In addition to its four draft selections last season, wide receiver Doug Baldwin (Seattle) and linebacker Thomas Keiser (Carolina) flourished as undrafted free agents.
- The last time Stanford had more than four players drafted was in 2005, when the Cardinal had six players selected. Stanford also had six players drafted in 1944, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1985, 2002 and an all-time high of seven players in the 1936 draft.