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2018 NFL DRAFT

84 Reese's Senior Bowlers selected in draft

Sun, Apr 29, 2018

MOBILE, Ala. (April 28) -- The Reese's Senior Bowl made its mark on the NFL Draft again as 84 of its players were selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. It marks the third straight year the game has produced at least 84 draft picks, after 87 and 85 were selected the past two years, respectively.

It's the 12th time in the last 13 years the game has had at least 82 players selected.

The game produced the first overall pick in the draft for the 12th time in its history and the second time in six years when Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was selected by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. He was followed by another Reese's Senior Bowl quarterback, Josh Allen, who was selected seventh overall by the Buffalo Bills. The last time the Reese's Senior Bowl had two quarterbacks go in the top-10 was 1995 (Steve McNair and Kerry Collins).

Overall, the game had six players selected in the first round, 13 in the second round, 17 in the third, 15 in the fourth, 21 in the fifth, 10 in the sixth and two in the seventh round.

Thirty one of the 32 NFL clubs selected at least one player from the Reese's Senior Bowl -- only the Washington Redskins did not select a Senior Bowler. Twenty-six of the teams took at least two players. 

The Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings each took five players, while the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, LA Chargers, LA Rams, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers each took four players from the game.

Seven of the game's nine quarterbacks were selected in the draft, including Mayfield and Allen. Luke Falk (6th - Titans), Tanner Lee (6th - Jaguars), Kyle Lauletta (4th - Giants), Mke White (5th - Cowboys) were also selected along with Mason Rudolph (2nd - Steelers), who participated in off-field activiteis during Reese's Senior Bowl week because of a foot injury. 

Wide receivers and tight ends were a hot commodity for NFL clubs, who took 19 of the 23 pass catchers from the Reese's Senior Bowl. The defensive linemen group also was highly sought after as 13 of 16 were selected in the draft.