Sun, Apr 28, 2013
MOBILE (April 27) – Fifty four Senior Bowl players were selected on the final day of the NFL Draft in New York City, pushing the Senior Bowl’s three-day total to 94 – the most players selected from the game since 2002 and the first time it has hit the 90 mark since 2007, when 90 players were selected.
The 2013 NFL Draft was the Senior Bowl’s best showing in more than a decade, starting with the first round, when three of the first five players selected were from the Senior Bowl. Eric Fisher, an offensive tackle from Central Michigan, was the first overall pick, the first Senior Bowler to go number-1 overall since Carson Palmer in 2003.
"The Senior Bowl certainly proved to be one of the big winners of the draft weekend," said Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. "From the number one overall choice in Eric Fisher through our other 93 selections. We are so pleased and proud to have played a role in their success and wish them all well as they begin their NFL careers."
On Saturday, the fourth round started with the selection of Alabama’s Nico Johnson, one of 63 SEC players drafted over the three days, easily the most of any conference in the nation and the most ever by any one conference in the draft. The ACC was next with 30 players selected.
Defensive end was the most popular position drafted (33), followed by cornerback (29), and despite it being a down year for quarterbacks, 11 signal callers were selected, including all six that participated in the Senior Bowl.
Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson were both early selections in Saturday’s fourth round and were followed later in the round by Oklahoma’s Landry Jones. Zac Dysert of Miami (OH) was the final Senior Bowl quarterback taken, going in the seventh round to the Denver Broncos. Florida State’s E.J. Manuel was the first quarterback overall off the board, going 16th overall to the Buffalo Bills. NC State’s Mike Glennon was picked in the third round by Tampa Bay.
Manuel was the first quarterback taken, Fisher the first offensive lineman to go, Ziggy Ansah/BYU was the first defensive lineman to be selected and UCLA punter Jeff Locke was the first specialist to be picked.
Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, who came to Mobile as a wide receiver, was picked by Jacksonville early in the fifth round and will reportedly play some running back and wide receiver for the Jaguars.