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NFL Hopefuls Eye This Week's Draft
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/24/2013

April 24, 2013

STANFORD, Calif. – Twelve former Stanford football players await to hear their names called at the 2013 NFL Draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The first round will begin Thursday at 5 p.m. (PT); rounds two and three will take place Friday starting at 3:30 p.m. and rounds four through seven will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. The draft will be televised live on ESPN and NFL Network.

Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw will return as a guest analyst for the draft on NFL Network. He will be on-air at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from noon to 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.  

Updates throughout the draft will be available at GoStanford.com. Follow the conversation in real time on Twitter using the hashtag #StanfordDraft via @StanfordFBall and @SUAthletics.

Stanford has seen 11 players drafted over the past three years. The program had an impressive 2012 draft, in which Andrew Luck was taken first overall by the Indianapolis Colts. Luck became the fourth Stanford quarterback to be selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft, following Bobby Garrett (1954; Cleveland), Jim Plunkett (1971; New England) and John Elway (1983; Baltimore). Stanford is the only school that has produced four quarterbacks selected first overall in the NFL Draft.

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Terrence Brown

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Alex Debniak

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Zach Ertz

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Jamal-Rashad Patterson 

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Sam Schwartzstein

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Terrence Stephens

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Stepfan Taylor

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Drew Terrell

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Chase Thomas

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Luck was joined in the first round by offensive lineman David DeCastro, who was taken 24th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers. DeCastro became the 20th Stanford player chosen in the first round and provided the Cardinal with two first-round selections for the first time since 1992.

Coby Fleener (tight end/Indianapolis) and Jonathan Martin (offensive tackle/Miami) were chosen in the second round. 

ABOUT STANFORD FOOTBALL
• Three-straight BCS bowl appearances
• 43-10 (.811) record over last four seasons
• Tied for nation’s third-best winning percentage over last three years (35-5 from 2010-12)
• Ranked in AP’s Top 25 for 47 consecutive polls, including final No. 7 national ranking in 2012
• Nation’s leading sack defense in 2012 (4.1 per game)
• Three Heisman Trophy finalists since 2009
• Ten (10) All-Americans since 2009, including two in 2012 (Zach Ertz, David Yankey)

STANFORD DRAFT FACTS
• Last year, Andrew Luck became the fourth Stanford quarterback to be selected as the first overall pick (Indianapolis) in the NFL Draft, joining Bobby Garrett (1954; Cleveland), Jim Plunkett (1971; New England) and John Elway (1983; Baltimore).

• Stanford is the only school with four quarterbacks selected first overall in the NFL Draft.

• Stanford has produced 20 first-round selections since 1936.

• Joining Luck in the 2012 first round was guard David DeCastro, drafted 24th overall by Pittsburgh, the first interior offensive lineman taken.

• Total of four Cardinal players were drafted in 2012 with Coby Fleener/2nd (44th)/Indianapolis becoming the first tight end selected in the draft as the second pick of the second round. Tackle Jonathan Martin/2nd (42nd)/Miami was the 10th pick of the second round. Collectively, it was the earliest that any four Stanford draft picks have been selected.

• Luck set NFL rookie records for single-season passing yards (4,374), single-game yards (433), most 300-yard passing games (six), wins for a No. 1 draft pick (11) and game-winning drives (seven), also tying the overall NFL record since the merger of 1970.

• The last time Stanford had two first round selections was in 1992, when offensive tackle Bob Whitfield (Atlanta) and FB Tommy Vardell (Cleveland) were selected with the eighth and ninth picks, respectively. Whitfield's son, Kodi, is currently a wide receiver on the Cardinal team.

• Prior to 2012, Stanford’s last first round pick was in 2003 (OT Kwame Harris/ San Francisco). Stanford has never had more than two players selected in the first round.

• Stanford has had two players drafted in the first round on four occasions. In addition to Whitfield and Vardell in 1992, DT Greg Sampson (Houston) and LB Jeff Siemon (Minnesota) were both selected in the first round in the 1972 draft, while WR James Lofton (Green Bay) and OT Gordon King (New York Giants) were tabbed in the first round of the 1978 draft. In 1942, RB Pete Kmetovic went third overall to Philadelphia while QB Frankie Albert went 10th overall to Chicago.

• After not having any players selected in either the 2008 or 2009 NFL Drafts, Stanford has had 11 players drafted in the last three years including three in 2010, (RB Toby Gerhart/2nd/Minnesota; DE Erik Lorig/7th/Tampa Bay; and TE Jim Dray/7th/Arizona) and four in 2011 (NG Sione Fua/3rd/Carolina; FB Owen Marecic/4th/Cleveland; CB Richard Sherman/5th/Seattle; WR Ryan Whalen/6th/Cincinnati).

• Sherman earned All-Pro honors in 2012 after leading Seattle with eight interceptions and 24 pass breakups.

• 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 who were selected in the 1936 draft.

MISC.
• Stanford led all schools with nine rookies on active NFL rosters at the end of last season.

David Shaw is scheduled to appear on NFL Network during its Draft coverage this weekend. His tentative schedule is as follows:

Thurs. & Fri., April 25 & 26  (approximately 15 minutes each day, subject to change depending on draft schedule)
2:45pm PT / 5:45pm ET

Sat., April 27 (scheduled for a full 2:15 segment with analysis)
noon-2:15pm PT / 3-5:15pm ET

Cardinal in the NFL (2012 season)
Johnson Bademosi                   Cleveland Browns
Doug Baldwin                          Seattle Seahawks
Chase Beeler                            Philadelphia Eagles**
Greg Camarillo                        New Orleans Saints
David DeCastro                       Pittsburgh Steelers
Jim Dray                                  Arizona Cardinals
Trent Edwards                         Philadelphia Eagles
Pannel Egboh                           Tennessee Titans
Coby Fleener                           Indianapolis Colts
Sione Fua                                 Carolina Panthers
Toby Gerhart                           Minnesota Vikings
Delano Howell                         Indianapolis Colts
Thomas Keiser                         Carolina Panthers
Matt Kopa                                Philadelphia Eagles
Erik Lorig                                Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Andrew Luck                           Indianapolis Colts
Owen Marecic                         Cleveland Browns
Jonathan Martin                       Miami Dolphins
Matthew Masifilo                     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Evan Moore                             Seattle Seahawks
Chris Owusu                            Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Konrad Reuland                      New York Jets
Richard Sherman                     Seattle Seahawks
Alex Smith                               Cleveland Browns
Jeremy Stewart                        Oakland Raiders
Will Svitek                               Atlanta Falcons*
Michael Thomas                      San Francisco 49ers**
Griff Whalen                           Indianapolis Colts*
Ryan Whalen                           Cincinnati Bengals
* Injured Reserve • ** Practice Squad


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