List of Connecticut Huskies in the NFL Draft

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Donald Brown
Donald Brown was the first player in Connecticut Huskies football history to be drafted in the first round.[1]

The University of Connecticut (UConn) Huskies football team has had 39 players selected in the National Football League (NFL) Draft.[Note 1] Two of those selections were in the first round of the draft, both with the 27th overall pick: running back Donald Brown in 2009 and cornerback Byron Jones in 2015.[General][1] A Connecticut football alumnus had been selected in every NFL Draft from 2007 to 2015 and in ten of the last twelve NFL Drafts.

Each NFL franchise seeks to add new players through the annual NFL Draft. The draft rules were last updated in 2009. The team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, and so on. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule. Playoff participants are sequenced after non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl).[4]

Before the merger agreements in 1966, the American Football League (AFL) operated in direct competition with the NFL and held a separate draft. This led to a bidding war over top prospects between the two leagues. As part of the merger agreement on June 8, 1966, the two leagues would hold a multiple round "Common Draft". Once the AFL officially merged with the NFL in 1970, the "Common Draft" simply became the NFL Draft.[2][3]

The first Connecticut player to be taken in the NFL Draft was Walt Trojanowski in the sixth round of the 1946 NFL Draft. From 1946–1994, the Huskies had fourteen players drafted into the NFL over the span of forty-eight years. The rate at which UConn alumni were selected would significantly increase following the Huskies' upgrade from Division I-AA to Division I-A in 2000. [Note 2] Beginning in 2005 and continuing through 2015, Connecticut has had twenty-five players picked over eleven NFL Drafts. In 2009 four UConn alumni were taken in the first two rounds of the draft. The most Connecticut players to be selected in a single NFL Draft was five in 2013, including three in the third round, one in the fourth round, and one in the sixth round.

Player selection

Will Beatty
Will Beatty was the first UConn draftee to play for a Super Bowl-winning team: the 2011 New York Giants.[Note 3][Note 4]
Dan Orlovsky
Quarterback Dan Orlovsky, drafted in the 5th round in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, is as of 2015 Connecticut's longest-serving active alumnus in the NFL.[8]
Darius Butler
Darius Butler was the first UConn alumnus to be selected in the second round of the NFL Draft, in 2009.

American Football League

Year Round Pick Overall Player Team Position
1963 4 3 27 Contoulis, JohnJohn Contoulis New York Jets Tackle

National Football League

Year Round Pick Overall Player Team Position
1946 6 9 49 Trojanowski, WaltWalt Trojanowski Washington Redskins Back
9 4 74 Dropo, WaltWalt Dropo Chicago Bears End
1947 24 9 224 Moll, BillBill Moll New York Giants Back
28 4 259 Dropo, MiltMilt Dropo Washington Redskins Center
1958 18 5 210 King, LennyLenny King Washington Redskins Back
1962 11 13 153 Bishop, DaveDave Bishop New York Giants Back
16 3 213 Contoulis, JohnJohn Contoulis New York Giants Tackle
1971 4 24 102 Clements, VinceVince Clements Minnesota Vikings Running Back
1974 11 12 272 Torkelson, EricEric Torkelson Green Bay Packers Running Back
1980 8 28 221 Walton, TedTed Walton Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Back
1984 4 15 99 Dorsey, JohnJohn Dorsey Green Bay Packers Linebacker
1989 9 15 238 Franks, DavidDavid Franks Seattle Seahawks Guard
1992 12 10 318 Benton, CorneliusCornelius Benton Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback
1994 6 29 190 Duckworth, PaulPaul Duckworth Green Bay Packers Linebacker
2005 3 18 82 Fincher, AlfredAlfred Fincher New Orleans Saints Linebacker
5 9 145 Orlovsky, DanDan Orlovsky Detroit Lions Quarterback
2007 6 21 195 Anderson, DeonDeon Anderson Dallas Cowboys Running Back
2008 4 1 100 Branch, TyvonTyvon Branch Oakland Raiders Defensive Back
6 29 195 Thomas, DonaldDonald Thomas Miami Dolphins Guard
2009 1 27 27 Brown, DonaldDonald Brown Indianapolis Colts Running Back
2 9 41 Butler, DariusDarius Butler New England Patriots Defensive Back
2 28 60 Beatty, WillWill Beatty New York Giants Tackle
2 31 63 Brown, CodyCody Brown Arizona Cardinals Linebacker
2010 4 9 107 Easley, MarcusMarcus Easley Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver
7 42 249 McClain, RobertRobert McClain Carolina Panthers Defensive Back
2011 5 5 136 Sherman, AnthonyAnthony Sherman Arizona Cardinals Fullback
6 1 166 Wilson, LawrenceLawrence Wilson Carolina Panthers Linebacker
6 18 183 Todman, JordanJordan Todman San Diego Chargers Running Back
7 34 237 Lloyd, GregGreg Lloyd Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker
2012 2 17 49 Reyes, KendallKendall Reyes San Diego Chargers Defensive Tackle
2013 3 2 64 Gratz, DwayneDwayne Gratz Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive Back
3 4 66 Moore, SioSio Moore Oakland Raiders Linebacker
3 8 70 Wreh-Wilson, BlidiBlidi Wreh-Wilson Tennessee Titans Defensive Back
4 27 124 Williams, TrevardoTrevardo Williams Houston Texans Defensive End
6 33 201 Griffin, RyanRyan Griffin Houston Texans Tight End
2014 7 5 220 Stephen, ShamarShamar Stephen Minnesota Vikings Defensive Tackle
7 38 253 Smallwood, YawinYawin Smallwood Atlanta Falcons Linebacker
2015 1 27 27 Jones, ByronByron Jones Dallas Cowboys Defensive Back
6 10 186 Davis, GeremyGeremy Davis New York Giants Wide Receiver
2017 2 24 56 Obi Melifonwu Oakland Raiders Defensive Back

Notes

  1. ^ Because of the NFL–AFL merger agreement, the history of the AFL is officially recognized by the NFL and therefore this list includes the AFL Draft (1960–1966). The AFL and NFL held a Common Draft from 1967–1969; UConn had no players selected during that period.[2][3]
  2. ^ In August 2006 the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) changed the name of Division I-A to Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Division I-AA to Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).[5]
  3. ^ Beatty played the first ten games for the Giants during the 2011 season but after that was placed on injured reserve due to a detached retina. He did not play in Super Bowl XLVI.[6]
  4. ^ While Beatty was the first Connecticut draftee to play on a Super Bowl-winning team, he was not the first alumnus to be a Super Bowl champion. Nick Giaquinto went undrafted and subsequently won Super Bowl XVII with the Washington Redskins.[7]

References

General

  • "UConn's NFL Draft History". www.uconnhuskies.com. University of Connecticut. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015. 
  • "Connecticut Drafted Players/Alumni". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on September 20, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 

Specific

  1. ^ a b Perez, Joe (April 25, 2009). "NFL Draft: Brown heads UConn draft class". Norwich Bulletin. GateHouse Media, Inc. Archived from the original on April 19, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Cross, B. Duane (January 22, 2001). "The AFL: A Football Legacy". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on October 20, 2009. Retrieved September 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "NFL History by Decade: 1961–1970". NFL. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ Clayton, John (March 26, 2009). "Draft order to change for playoff teams". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on January 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ Albright, Dave (December 15, 2006). "NCAA misses the mark in Division I-AA name change". espn.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Archived from the original on August 19, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ Borden, Sam (January 30, 2012). "Giants Leave the Injured Back at Home, for Now". New York Times. New York Times Co. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ Conner, Desmond (April 29, 2015). "UConn Football: Top 10 Players Drafted". Hartford Courant. Tribune Corporation. Archived from the original on September 22, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015. 
  8. ^ Conner, Desmond (October 4, 2014). "Former QB Orlovsky Not Pleased With How Far UConn Has Fallen". Hartford Courant. Tribune Corporation. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015. Retrieved September 21, 2015. 

External links

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