LSU leads all schools with 9 players drafted


After a nation-leading five players were selected in the opening three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, four more members of the LSU football team heard their name called during Saturday’s final four rounds.

The total of nine tied the school record set in last year’s draft and was the highest in the nation in 2014. Alabama and Notre Dame each had eight.

LSU head coach Les Miles has now put more players in the NFL draft (60) during his tenure at LSU (2005-present) than any other SEC school, and ranks second nationally to USC (61).

The first Tiger selected on day 3 of the draft was senior linebacker Lamin Barrow, who was the 156th overall pick, the 16th pick of the fifth round by the Denver Broncos.

Barrow, a linebacker from Marrero, received No...

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3 Rebels sign with NFL Teams after Draft

A day after Donte Moncrief was picked in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, three more Ole Miss Rebels are signing rookie free agent deals with NFL clubs. On of which was Jeff Scott who had a monster game against the Dores last year.

Offensive tackle Pierce Burton is signing with the Minnesota Vikings, and fellow lineman Emmanuel McCray with the St. Louis Rams. Running back Jeff Scott will be part of the Cincinnati Bengals. Other former Rebels could be signing deals in the coming days.

Burton started all 26 games at right tackle after transferring to Ole Miss from the City College of San Francisco. He blocked for two of the top three offenses in Rebel history in terms of total yardage...

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Kick Six Hero Chris Davis Signs with Chargers

The hero of the Kick Six is headed to the Chargers after not getting drafted Saturday. Chris Davis will be forever remembered by Auburn fans as the guy who returned a missed field 109 yards to beat Alabama last season. Saturday, he signed a free agent deal with the San Diego Chargers.

Davis, is a dynamic kick returner and defensive back, had been projected as a late round pick. However, he didn’t get the call during the three-day NFL Draft in New York. But it didn’t take him long to sign a free agent deal.

Davis was just one of six Tigers agreed to free agent deals after the draft was completed yesterday.

Four Auburn football players were drafted this weekend: Greg Robinson as the No. 2 overall pick to the St...

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Five Bama players drafted on last day of 2014 NFL Draft

The University of Alabama football team had five players selected on the final day of the 2014 National Football League Draft Saturday afternoon at Radio City Music Hall.

The five selections on Saturday gave Alabama eight players taken in the 2014 NFL Draft, one shy of the Crimson Tide’s modern-era record of nine set last year. Alabama also had eight selections in 1987 and 2012. The Tide had 10 players selected over 30 rounds in 1945. The current NFL Draft is seven rounds in length.

Fifth-year wide receiver Kevin Norwood was the first off the board on Saturday, going to the Seattle Seahawks with the 23rd pick of the fourth round.

The Crimson Tide then had three players taken within eight picks of each other in the fifth round...

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Georgia’s Lynch and Murray Selected in Fifth Round of 2014 NFL Draft

Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch and quarterback Aaron Murray were selected with the 155th and 163rd overall picks, respectively, during the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Lynch went 155th to the Miami Dolphins before Murray was taken just eight picks later by the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 163. The two players become the 73rd and 74th Georgia players drafted to the NFL in the Mark Richt era and the 303rd and 304th Bulldogs taken all-time.

Lynch, a 6-5, 254-pound tight end from Dartmouth, Mass., appeared in 51 games for the Bulldogs over the course of four seasons, catching 56 passes for 907 yards and 8 touchdowns...

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Titans get Kentucky’s Avery Williamson in 5th round

The Tennessee Titans added Kentucky linebacker Avery Williamson in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Williamson, who is believed to be the first player from Milan, Tenn. to be drafted, was picked with the 151st overall pick. Williamson shared during a conference call his excitement about joining a pro team he watched on television as he was growing up and visited with before the draft.

“I really felt at home,” Williamson said of his visit. “Lou Spanos, the linebackers coach, I felt really good with him. I felt like he is a great linebackers coach, is a great teacher and I can really jell with him really well.”

Williamson was also excited about joining a position group that now includes fellow former Kentucky linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who joined Tenness...

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Hal goes to Texans in 7th round


Vanderbilt cornerback Andre Hal was selected by the Houston Texans with the first pick of the seventh round in the NFL Draft today.

Hal, a senior from Port Allen, La., becomes the third senior off Vanderbilt’s 9-4 2013 squad taken in the draft. All-America wide receiver Jordan Matthews was selected No. 42 overall, in the second round by Philadelphia. All-SEC offensive lineman Wesley Johnson was picked in the fifth round by Pittsburgh Steelers.

Hal becomes the first Commodore ever picked by the Texans franchise.

Hal, a two-time All-Southeastern Conference recipient, is the fourth Commodore cornerback taken in the NFL Draft in the last six years, joining Casey Hayward (Green Bay, 2012), Myron Lewis (Tampa Bay, 2010) and D.J. Moore (2009).

As a senior in 2013, Hal earne...

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Mettenberger lands in Tennessee

The Tennessee Titans executed their second trade of the 2014 NFL Draft and moved up in the sixth round to select LSU QB Zach Mettenberger from the 178th overall spot.

Tennessee traded its sixth-round (186th overall) and seventh-round (228th) selections to move up to the spot that was held by Washington.

Mettenberger, at 6-foot-5 and 224 pounds, is recovering from a late-season knee injury. He ranked fourth in FBS with a 171.4 passer efficiency rating as a senior in 2013.

Mettenberger finished his three-year career at LSU 407-of-659 passing for 5,783 yards with 35 touchdowns against 15 interceptions.

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Wesley Johnson drafted by Steelers in 5th round

Vanderbilt offensive lineman Wesley Johnson was selected in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday. He was the No. 173rd overall pick of the NFL Draft.

Johnson, a fifth-year senior from Nashville, becomes the second standout off Vanderbilt’s 9-4 2013 squad taken in the draft. All-America wide receiver Jordan Matthews was selected in the second round No. 42 overall by Philadelphia.

Johnson, who started the most games of any player in Commodore history, is the fourth Vanderbilt offensive lineman taken in the NFL Draft in the last seven years, joining Ryan Seymour (Seattle, 2013), Thomas Welch (New England, 2010) and Chris Williams (Chicago, 2008).

Johnson is the first Commodore selected by Pittsburgh since linebacker Ed Smith was taken in the 13th round of...

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Eagles trade up to grab Jordan Matthews

With extra ammunition thanks to their trade-down on the draft’s opening night, the Eagles reversed course and traded up Friday night to select Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews. To move up to No. 42 overall, the Eagles sent the Tennessee Titans their second-round pick (No. 54) and fourth-round pick (No. 122).

Matthews, 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, is the all-time SEC leader in career receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759). A team captain at Vanderbilt, Matthews played all 52 games of his career.

At wide receiver, Matthews joins Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, among others, on the Eagles roster. Head coach Chip Kelly said following the pick that the Eagles will likely start Matthews out as an inside receiver to complement Maclin and Cooper.

Matthews, the Southea...

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