List of East Carolina Pirates in the NFL Draft

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Chris Johnson at Tennessee Titans training camp

This is a list of East Carolina Pirates in the NFL Draft. East Carolina University began playing organized American football in 1932 and has had many players go on to play professionally after graduating from the university.[1] The school's first-ever selection was Roger Thrift, a quarterback, who was picked by the Cleveland Browns in the 1951 NFL Draft. The team's selection in the most recent draft, the 2017 NFL Draft, was wide receiver Zay Jones who was selected by the Buffalo Bills.

Every April, each National Football League (NFL) franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft officially known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting" but more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Generally, 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). See NFL Draft Rules for further detail. Selections are made during seven different rounds.

Teams have the option of trading their picks to other teams in exchange for different picks, players, money, or a combination thereof. It is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.[2] Of the players selected in each draft and throughout its history, East Carolina has had 63 players picked.[3]

The Pirates have had two first round selections in the NFL Draft; linebacker Robert Jones was picked #24 overall in the 1992 by the Dallas Cowboys,and running back Chris Johnson was also picked #24 overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. The Pirates have had six players drafted by the New York Giants and five by the Dallas Cowboys and four by the Minnesota Vikings during the school's history. East Carolina most productive year was 1984, when the school had eight players selected in the draft.

Seven former Pirates: Zack Valentine (XIV), Earnest Byner (XXVI), Robert Jones (XXX), Guy Whimper (XLII), C.J. Wilson (Super Bowl XLV), Vonta Leach (Super Bowl XLVII), and John Jett (XXVII, XXX) have won Super Bowls with their respective teams.[4][5][6][7] Five Pirates also have been elected to the Pro Bowl: Tony Collins (1983), Earnest Byner, (1990) and (1991), Jeff Blake, (1995), Rod Coleman (2005) and Chris Johnson (2008), (2009) and (2010).[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

Key

B Back[A 1] K Kicker NT Nose tackle
C Center LB Linebacker FB Fullback
DB Defensive back P Punter HB Halfback
DE Defensive end QB Quarterback WR Wide receiver
DT Defensive tackle RB Running back G Guard
E End T Offensive tackle TE Tight end

Player selection

David Garrard the 108th pick overall in the 2002 draft
Year Round Pick Overall Player Team Position
1951 28 12 339 Roger Thrift Cleveland Browns QB
1961 5 8 64 Glenn Bass St. Louis Cardinals TE
1964 14 5 187 Tom Michel Minnesota Vikings RB
1969 17 1 417 Wayne Lineberry Buffalo Bills LB
1973 16 1 391 Tim Dameron Houston Oilers WR
17 22 438 Les Strayhorn Dallas Cowboys RB
1974 4 2 80 Carl Summerell New York Giants QB
4 17 95 Carlester Crumpler Sr. Buffalo Bills RB
1977 6 27 166 Reggie Pinkney Detroit Lions DB
1978 6 28 166 Harold Randolph Dallas Cowboys LB
1979 2 28 56 Zack Valentine Pittsburgh Steelers LB
6 21 158 Eddie Hicks New York Giants RB
1980 11 11 288 Sam Harrell Minnesota Vikings RB
12 9 314 Mike Brewington Kansas City Chiefs LB
1981 2 19 47 Tony Collins New England Patriots RB
1982 4 2 85 George Crump New England Patriots DE
4 7 90 Tootie Robbins St. Louis Cardinals T
1983 2 18 46 Jody Schulz Philadelphia Eagles LB
1984 2 27 55 Steve Hamilton Washington Redskins DE
4 27 111 Terry Long Pittsburgh Steelers G
5 3 115 Clint Harris New York Giants DB
5 13 125 Jeff Pegues Washington Redskins LB
5 21 133 Hal Stephens Los Angeles Rams DE
10 1 253 Norwood Vann Los Angeles Rams TE
10 28 280 Earnest Byner Cleveland Browns RB
11 4 284 John Robertson Philadelphia Eagles T
1985 3 24 80 Stefon Adams Los Angeles Raiders DB
8 4 200 Ricky Nichols Indianapolis Colts WR
1986 6 27 165 Kevin Walker Tampa Bay Buccaneers DB
10 3 252 Tony Baker Atlanta Falcons RB
1988 8 5 198 Anthony Simpson Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB
10 4 253 Ellis Dillahunt Cincinnati Bengals DB
1990 3 14 67 Walter Wilson San Diego Chargers WR
5 1 110 Junior Robinson New England Patriots DB
7 14 179 James Singletary Indianapolis Colts LB
10 27 275 Anthony Thompson Denver Broncos LB
1991 9 3 226 Ernie Logan Atlanta Falcons DE
1992 1 24 24 Robert Jones Dallas Cowboys LB
6 26 166 Jeff Blake New York Jets QB
8 14 210 Luke Fisher Minnesota Vikings TE
9 26 250 Chris Hall Dallas Cowboys DB
10 22 274 Dion Johnson Houston Oilers WR
1993 6 8 148 Tom Scott Cincinnati Bengals T
1994 6 4 165 Bernard Carter Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB
7 8 202 Carlester Crumpler Jr. Seattle Seahawks TE
1996 4 16 111 Emmanuel McDaniel Carolina Panthers DB
5 2 134 Jerris McPhail Miami Dolphins RB
1997 5 1 131 Lamont Burns New York Jets G
1998 3 21 82 Larry Shannon Miami Dolphins WR
1999 5 20 153 Rod Coleman Oakland Raiders DE
6 32 231 Troy Smith Philadelphia Eagles WR
2002 4 10 108 David Garrard Jacksonville Jaguars QB
7 30 241 Leonard Henry Miami Dolphins RB
2004 7 45 246 Brian Rimpf Baltimore Ravens T
2006 4 32 129 Guy Whimper New York Giants T
2007 5 9 146 Aundrae Allison Minnesota Vikings WR
2008 1 24 24 Chris Johnson Tennessee Titans RB
2009 5 13 149 Davon Drew Baltimore Ravens TE
2010 2 14 46 Linval Joseph New York Giants DT
7 14 221 Matt Dodge New York Giants P
7 23 230 C. J. Wilson Green Bay Packers DE
2011 6 11 176 Dwayne Harris Dallas Cowboys WR
2015 4 8 107 Justin Hardy Atlanta Falcons WR
2017 2 5 37 Zay Jones Buffalo Bills WR

Notes

  1. ^ In American and Canadian football, a back is a player who is lined up behind the linemen, the players who line up closest to the line of scrimmage.

References

  1. ^ "East Carolina Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ Alder, James. "NFL Draft Basics:Determining Order of Selection". About.com. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  3. ^ "ECU's Chris Johnson selected in the first round". College. PirateIllustrated.com. 2008-04-27. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  4. ^ Cherubini, Ron (2002). "A Peek Behind the Steel Curtain". Pirate Time Machine. Bonesville.net. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  5. ^ "Earnest Byner". Coaching Staff. Washington Redskins. 2008. Archived from the original on October 15, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  6. ^ "Robert Jones". Hall of Fame. East Carolina Official Athletic Site. 2008. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  7. ^ Book, Sue (2008-03-21). "Havelock to honor Giants' Guy Whimper with key to the city". Local. New Bern Sun Journal. Archived from the original on 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  8. ^ "Tony Collins". Players. Pro-Football-Reference.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  9. ^ "Earnest Byner". Players. Pro-Football-Reference.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  10. ^ "Jeff Blake". Players. Pro-Football-Reference.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  11. ^ "Rod Coleman". Players. Pro-Football-Reference.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  12. ^ "David Garrard". Jacksonville Jaguars - Players. NFL.com. 2008. 
  13. ^ "Guy Whimper". New York Giants - Players. NFL.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  14. ^ "Aundrae Allison". Minnesota Vikings - Players. NFL.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  15. ^ "Chris Johnson". Tennessee Titans - Players. NFL.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
  16. ^ "Davon Drew". Baltimore Ravens - Players. NFL.com. 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  17. ^ "Willie Smith". San Diego Chargers - Players. NFL.com. 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  18. ^ "Dominique Davis". Atlanta Falcons - Players. NFL.com. 2009. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
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