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2013 NFL Draft

Fisher Goes No.1 in Draft

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