Fri, Apr 26, 2013
MOBILE – For the first time in the modern era, three Senior Bowl players were drafted in the top-five of the NFL Draft Thursday night in New York City.
Senior Bowl standout, Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher, was the first player chosen overall, becoming the first Senior Bowler to go number one since USC’s Carson Palmer in 2003. He was joined in the top five by two more Senior Bowlers: Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson (4th – Philadelphia) and BYU’s Ziggy Ansah (5th – Detroit). The Lions coached Ansah and the South team in Mobile in January. Seven more players who came to Mobile in January were picked in the first round, pushing the total to 10 for the evening.
"What an exciting night for the Senior Bowl with the No.1 overall pick for the first time in 10 years and ten total first rounders,” said Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “The first round exemplified the importance of our game in the pre-draft process. We are thrilled for the players and their families and congratulate each one of them."
Senior Bowl MVP E.J. Manuel, the former Florida State quarterback, was the only QB taken in the first round, going to the Buffalo Bills with the 16th pick.
Alabama had three players drafted in the first round – all in a row. Cornerback Dee Milliner went to Jets with the ninth overall pick, guard Chance Warmack went to Tennessee at No. 10 and the San Diego Chargers used the 11th pick on Senior Bowl tackle D.J. Fluker, the former McGill-Toolen and Foley standout.
The NFL Draft continues on Friday with the second and third rounds.
TEN SENIOR BOWL PLAYERS SELECTED IN FIRST ROUND:
1. KANSAS CITY ERIC FISHER OT CENTRAL MICHIGAN
4. PHILADELPHIA LANE JOHNSON OT OKLAHOMA
5. DETROIT ZIGGY ANSAH DE BYU
11. SAN DIEGO D.J. FLUKER OT ALABAMA
16. BUFFALO E.J. MANUEL QB FLORIDA STATE
19. NY GIANTS JUSTIN PUGH OT SYRACUSE
20. CHICAGO KYLE LONG OT OREGON
22. ATLANTA DESMOND TRUFANT CB WASHINGTON
26. GREEN BAY DATONE JONES DE UCLA
28. DENVER SYLVESTER WILLIAMS DE NORTH CAROLINA