Record-Tying 16 Mountain West Players Selected In 2014 NFL Draft
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Following a record-breaking Friday at the 2014 NFL Draft, the Mountain West saw 10 additional former players chosen on the final day of the draft on May 10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The 16 total draftees equals the high mark for the Conference. The MW previously had 16 players chosen in the 2005 and 2009 drafts. It is the fifth time in the last six years, and ninth overall, that 10 or more MW players were taken in the NFL Draft.
Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was the first Mountain West player chosen in the 2014 draft, going 34th overall (No. 2 in the second round) to the Dallas Cowboys.
NFL Draft Notes From Around The Mountain West
*Eight of the 12 institutions in the MW (Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State, San José State, Utah State and Wyoming) were represented in the 2014 NFL Draft. Seven of those eight teams, including Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, San José State, Utah State and Wyoming, had multiple selections across the seven rounds.
*Colorado State and Fresno State were two of 21 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams to have multiple selections in the first three rounds of the draft.
*The MW was one of five leagues (SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12, ACC) with at least five picks in the first two rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft.
*The Mountain West’s 16 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft are the sixth-most among all FBS leagues, one shy of the Big 12’s 17.
*Nevada offensive lineman Joel Bitonio was chosen with the No. 35 pick in the draft (No. 3 in the second round) by the Cleveland Browns. It’s the second-highest draft selection in Wolf Pack history, just behind wide receiver Alex Van Dyke, who was taken No. 31 overall by the New York Jets in 1996.
*Six Mountain West defensive backs were taken in the 2014 NFL Draft, a new record, eclipsing last year’s then-record total of five.
*At least one MW defensive back has been chosen in the last six drafts.
*For the first time since 1990, two Fresno State Bulldogs were chosen in the first two rounds of the draft. Quarterback Derek Carr went No. 36 to the Oakland Raiders, while wide receiver Davante Adams was chosen by the Green Bay Packers with the 53rd-overall selection.
*Carr is the eighth Bulldog quarterback to be drafted, and the first since Tom Brandstater went in the sixth round to the Denver Broncos in 2009.
*Adams is the second-highest Fresno State wide receiver to be drafted behind Henry Ellard who went 32nd overall in 1983.
*The MW has had at least one wide receiver selected in the NFL Draft 11 of the 15 years as a league.
*With Lawrence drafted in the second round, Boise State has now had a player drafted in the first or second round in each of the last five seasons. Lawrence is the seventh Bronco to be drafted in the first two rounds since 2006.
*For the second consecutive year, the Dallas Cowboys were the first team to take a MW player in the draft. The Cowboys selected Lawrence with the second pick of the second round (No. 34 overall). In the 2013 draft, Dallas drafted former San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar with the No. 47 pick.
*Colorado State center Weston Richburg was the 100th player in school history to be drafted when he was selected No. 43 overall by the New York Giants. He’s the highest draft pick for the Rams since 1987 when quarterback Kelly Stouffer was selected sixth overall by the St. Louis Cardinals.
*With Richburg and tight end Crockett Gillmore (No. 99 overall to the Baltimore Ravens) going on day two of the draft, the Rams had multiple draft picks on the same day for the first time since 2004.
*Gillmore is the first Ram tight end to be drafted since Joel Dreesen was selected in 2005.
*Wyoming had multiple draft picks for the first time since it had three in 1997. Cornerback Marqueston Huff was the 123rd-overall selection (No. 22 in the fourth round) by the Tennessee Titans, while wide receiver Robert Herron went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round with the No. 185 pick.
*With two fourth-round selections on Saturday (Safety Marcus Alexander No. 110 to the St. Louis Rams and cornerback Nevin Lawson No. 133 to the Detroit Lions), Utah State has had eight players drafted in the last four years.
*The Mountain West had multiple quarterbacks chosen in the draft for the first time since 2004. In addition to Carr going in the second round, San José State signal caller David Fales went to the Chicago Bears in the sixth round with the 183rd-overall pick.
*For the first time since 1974, Boise State saw multiple offensive linemen (Matt Paradis and Charles Leno, Jr.) selected in the same draft.
*Boise State has touted 14 selections in the last five NFL drafts, including at least three picks in three of the last four years.
*Nevada has had 10 players drafted in the last four years.
*San Diego State has had multiple NFL draftees for the fourth straight season, its longest streak with multiple picks since a nine-year stretch from 1978-86.
*Nat Berhe and Eric Pinkins are the first Aztec safeties to be drafted since Marviel Underwood in 2005.
*San Diego State joins Alabama as the only insitutions to have two safeties selected in this year's draft.
*San José State has had multiple NFL Draft picks for the first time since 2009.
*The Mountain West has had at least one offensive lineman selected in five of the past six NFL drafts and multiple offensive linemen in four of the past six.
|Mountain West In 2014 NFL Draft|
|Boise State Broncos (3)|
|Demarcus Lawrence||DE||2||2 (34)||Dallas Cowboys|
|Matt Paradis||C||6||31 (207)||Denver Broncos|
|Charles Leno, Jr.||OL||7||31 (246)||Chicago Bears|
|Colorado State Rams (2)|
|Weston Richburg||C||2||11 (43)||New York Giants|
|Crockett Gillmore||TE||3||35 (99)||Baltimore Ravens|
|Fresno State Bulldogs (2)|
|Derek Carr||QB||2||4 (36)||Oakland Raiders|
|Davante Adams||WR||2||21 (53)||Green Bay Packers|
|Nevada Wolf Pack (1)|
|Joel Bitonio||OL||2||3 (33)||Cleveland Browns|
|San Diego State Aztecs (2)|
|Nat Berhe||S||5||12 (152)||New York Giants|
|Eric Pinkins||S||6||32 (208)||Seattle Seahawks|
|San José State Spartans (2)|
|Bené Benwikere||CB||5||8 (148)||Carolina Panthers|
|David Fales||QB||6||7 (183)||Chicago Bears|
|Utah State Aggies (2)|
|Maurice Alexander||S||4||10 (110)||St. Louis Rams|
|Nevin Lawson||CB||4||33 (133)||Detroit Lions|
|Wyoming Cowboys (2)|
|Marqueston Huff||CB||4||22 (122)||Tennessee Titans|
|Robert Herron||WR||6||9 (185)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|