Two Tigers Go Among The Top 10 In NFL Draft

Two Tigers Go Among The Top 10 In NFL Draft

The Missouri Tigers continued their string of having players drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by having both Aldon Smith and Blaine Gabbert taken among the first 10 picks overall

Smith, Gabbert Go In First Round of NFL Draft
Five Tigers Have Gone In First Round In Last Three Years

Immediate Release          

  Thursday, April 28,2011                                                                       
 
New York, N Y – A pair of University of Missouri football standouts were selected Thursday night in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, as sophomore DE Aldon Smith (Raytown, Mo ) and junior QB Blaine Gabbert (Ballwin, Mo ) were taken seventh and 10th overall, by the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars, respectively   This marks the first time in Mizzou history that two Tigers have gone in the top 10 in the same draft   Prior to 2011, Mizzou had a total of five top-10 draft picks in school history


Mizzou's rise to national prominence under Head Coach Gary Pinkel (40 wins in the last four years ranks 10th-most in the nation from 2007-10) corresponds to a much bigger role in the NFL Draft of late   Gabbert and Smith give Mizzou five first-round draft picks in the last three years – a figure which ranks tied for most in the nation (through pick number 14 of this year's draft)
Previously, WR Jeremy Maclin (No 19 to Philadelphia in 2009) became the first Tiger to play under Gary Pinkel to become a first-round pick   He was joined in that same draft by DL Ziggy Hood (No 32 to Pittsburgh) to mark the first time since 1977 that two Tigers went in the first round in the same draft   That feat was followed in 2010 when LB Sean Weatherspoon became the third first-rounder in two years (No 19 to Atlanta)


"I'm really happy and excited for Blaine and Aldon," said Pinkel   "They have both had dreams for a long time to play in the NFL, and they're great examples of how those goals can be reached through our program at Mizzou   They're both going to quality franchises, and it's really rewarding to continue to see more and more of our guys playing at the next level   I know they're going to do great things and be great representatives of our program going forward," he said


Nineteen Tigers who played under Pinkel have now been drafted thus far, with the potential for more to hear their name called as the draft continues Friday (rounds 2-3) and Saturday (rounds 4-7)


The recent stretch of five first-rounders in three years is unprecedented in Mizzou history   The most comparable stretch came from 1977-81, when four Tigers were taken in the first round during that five-year period   Mizzou also had four first-round picks during an earlier six-year stretch, from 1966-71
Here's a look at the schools with the most first-round NFL Draft picks over the last three years (2009-11, through the first 14 picks of tonight's first round)…
 
Most NFL 1st-Round Draft Picks – 2009-11 (Through Pick No 14 so far)
School                 2009     2010     2011     Total
1        Mizzou              2              1              2              5
2        Alabama           1              2              2              5
3        Florida               1              3              0              4
3        Oklahoma         0              4              0              4
3        USC                    3              0              1              4             

Here's a rundown of Mizzou's first-round NFL Draft pick history…
 
Year          Round       Pick          Overall       Tiger                            Team                          Position
2011          1               7               7               Aldon Smith                 49ers                          DE
                 1               10             10             Blaine Gabbert              Jaguars                      QB
2010          1               19             19             Sean Weatherspoon      Falcons                      LB
2009          1               19             19             Jeremy Maclin              Eagles                        WR
                 1               32             32             Ziggy Hood                  Steelers                      DL
2001          1               4               4               Justin Smith                 Bengals                      DE
1987          1               15             15             John Clay                     Raiders                       T
1981          1               26             26             Howard Richards          Cowboys                    T
1979          1               13             13             Kellen Winslow             Chargers                     TE
1977          1               11             11             Morris Towns                Oilers                         T
                 1               19             19             Steve Pisarkiewicz        Cardinals                    QB
1971          1               11             11             Joe Moore                    Bears                         RB
1969          1               19             19             Roger Wehrli                 Cardinals                    DB
1968          1               4               4               Russ Washington          Chargers                     T
1966          1               10             10             Francis Peay                Giants                        T
1946          1               8               8               Bill Dellastatious           Lions                          B
1943          1               9               9               Bob Steuber                 Bears                         RB
 
Here's a recap of all of the NFL Draft picks to play for Gary Pinkel at Mizzou…
 
Year          Round       Pick          Overall       Tiger                            Team                          Position
2011          1               7               7               Aldon Smith                 49ers                          DE
                 1               10             10             Blaine Gabbert              Jaguars                      QB
2010          1               19             19             Sean Weatherspoon      Falcons                      LB
2009          1               19             19             Jeremy Maclin              Eagles                        WR
                 1               32             32             Ziggy Hood                  Steelers                      DL
                 2               23             55             William Moore               Falcons                      S
                 3               34             98             Chase Coffman            Bengals                      TE
                 5               3               139            Colin Brown                  Chiefs                        OL
                 6               26             199            Stryker Sulak                Raiders                       DL
2008          4               6               105            Will Franklin                  Chiefs                        WR
                 4               12             111            Martin Rucker               Browns                       TE
2007          4               16             113            Brian Smith                   Jaguars                      DE
2006          4               6               103            Brad Smith                   Jets                            WR
                 7               35             243            Tony Palmer                 Rams                         G
2005          3               25             89             Atiyyah Ellison              Panthers                     DT
                 5               6               142            Damien Nash                Titans                         RB
                 6               17             191            C J Mosley                  Vikings                       DT
2003          5               8               143            Justin Gage                  Bears                         WR
                 6               41             214            Keith Wright                  Texans                       DT

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