2016 NFL Draft Fun Facts – The First Rounders
With the NFL Draft finished, here is a look at one fun fact about EVERY player taken in the first round in 2016:
1. Rams: Jared Goff – QB – Cal
Colleges other than Cal that offered Jared Goff a scholarship when he came out of high school were Boise State, Washington State, and Fresno State.
2. Eagles: Carson Wentz – QB – North Dakota St.
Carson Wentz was the 36th player ever taken in an NFL Draft out of North Dakota State. He was the first quarterback.
3. Chargers: Joey Bosa – DE – Ohio St.
The Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year is given out to the best Big Ten defensive lineman as voted on by the conference’s coaches. Joey Bosa won the award twice, first in 2014 and then again in 2015. He was the third player to win it twice. The first two were Mike Vrabel in 1995 and 1996 and Wendell Bryant in 2000 and 2001.
4. Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott – RB – Ohio St.
During his junior and senior years of high school, Ezekiel Elliott scored a total of 90 touchdowns.
5. Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey – DB – Florida St.
Defensive back Jalen Ramsey won the ACC Long Jump Championship in 2015 with a jump of 26 feet one and a half inches.
6. Ravens: Ronnie Stanley – OT – Notre Dame
Ronnie Stanley attended Bishop Gorman High School in Enterprise, Nevada. Other notable names to attend the same high school as him include baseball player Marty Cordova, UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta, running back DeMarco Murray, baseball player Matt Smith, and UFC president Dana White.
7. 49ers: DeForest Buckner – DE – Oregon
DeForest Buckner was born on March 17th, 1994. Other NFL players to share his March 17th birthday include Cordarrelle Patterson, Johnny Bailey, Emmanuel Sanders, Eric Smith, Tom Bettis, Chuck Muncie, Jim Welch, Marlon McCree, Jerome Woods, John Hall, Earl Edwards, Barry Krauss, Don Griffin, and Sammy Baugh.
8. Titans: Jack Conklin – OT – Michigan St.
As a teen at Plainwell High School in Michigan, Jack Conklin’s head football coach was his father.
9. Bears: Leonard Floyd – LB – Georgia
Leonard Floyd is the first linebacker taken in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Bears since Brian Urlacher 16 years earlier in 2000.
10. Giants: Eli Apple – CB – Ohio St.
Eli Apple had four interceptions in college. Those four picks were made off of quarterbacks Michael Brewer of Virginia Tech, Caleb Rowe of Maryland, Marcus Mariota of Oregon, and Drew Hare of Northern Illinois.
11. Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves – CB – Florida
Vernon Hargreaves played in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game highlighting the best high school football players in the nation. He was named the MVP of the game.
12. Saints: Sheldon Rankins – DL – Louisville
When the Saints took Sheldon Rankins with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, he became the fourth highest player ever selected in the draft out of Louisville. The only players selected higher than him were Lenny Lyles with the 11th pick by the Colts in 1958, Amobi Okoye with the 10th pick by the Texans in 2007, and Ken Kortas with the 9th pick by the Cardinals in 1964.
13. Dolphins: Laremy Tunsil – OT – Ole Miss
Offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil scored one touchdown during his college career. It came in his final game, near the end of the first half, when he caught a lateral pass on a tackle-eligible play in the Sugar Bowl.
14. Raiders: Karl Joseph – S – West Virginia
During his four seasons of college football, Karl Joseph racked up a total of nine interceptions. One third of those, a total of three, came in one game, a 2015 West Virginia win over Georgia Southern.
15. Browns: Corey Coleman – WR – Baylor
The most touchdowns Corey Coleman would score in a game came in a 2015 Baylor win over Lamar when he caught six passes for 182 yards and four touchdowns.
16. Lions: Taylor Decker – OT – Ohio St.
Coming out of Butler High School in Vandalia, Ohio, Taylor Decker originally committed to Notre Dame to play college football before later changing to Ohio State University.
17. Falcons: Keanu Neal – S – Florida
Keanu Neal’s older rother, Clinton Hart, played in the NFL with the Eagles, Chargers, and Rams.
18. Colts: Ryan Kelly – C – Alabama
Ryan Kelly won the 2015 Rimington Trophy as the best center in college football. He was the second Alabama player to win the award after Barrett Jones in 2012.
19. Bills: Shaq Lawson – DE – Clemson
Between high school and college, Shaq Lawson spent one year attending Hargrave Military Academy. Other notable names who have attended this academy include basketball coach Larry Brown, NASCAR driver Ward Burton, NBA player Josh Howard, NBA player David West, NFL player DJ Ware, MLB player Jon Nunnally, NFL player Torry Holt, NFL player Jared Gaither, NFL player Martavis Bryant, and NFL player Zach Brown.
20. Jets: Darron Lee – LB – Ohio St.
Darron Lee is the sixth linebacker the Jets have ever picked in the first round of the NFL Draft. The first five were Michael Taylor in 1972, Bob Crable in 1982, Marvin Jones in 1993, James Farrior in 1997, and Jonathan Vilma in 2004.
21. Texans: Will Fuller – WR – Notre Dame
The most TD passes Will Fuller ever caught in a game at Notre Dame was three. He did this twice, first in 2014 in a loss to Northwestern and then again in 2015 in a win over Pitt.
22. Washington: Josh Doctson – WR – TCU
Josh Doctson began his college football career in 2011 with the University of Wyoming where he wore jersey number 89. He finished his time in college at TCU from 2013 to 2015 where he wore jersey number 9.
23. Vikings: Laquon Treadwell – WR – Ole Miss
When the Vikings selected Laquon Treadwell in 2016 it was the seventh time they’d taken a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft. The first six receivers they’d used first round picks on were Jack Snow in 1965, Gene Washington in 1967, Randy Moss in 1998, Troy Williamson in 2005, Percy Harvin in 2009, and Cordarrelle Patterson in 2013.
24. Bengals: William Jackson – CB – Houston
Prior to coming to the University of Houston for his sophomore season, William Jackson played his freshman year of college football at Trinity Valley Community College.
25. Steelers: Artie Burns – CB – Miami
Artie Burns is a two time USA Today track & field All-American (2011 and 2012), specializing in running the hurdles.
26. Broncos: Paxton Lynch – QB – Memphis
Prior to selecting Paxton Lynch with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos had used that pick three times in their history. They used it in 1962 to pick quarterback John Furman out of UTEP. They then used it in 1985 to select running back Steve Sewell out of Oklahoma. Finally, they used it in 1988 to pick nose tackle Ted Gregory out of Syracuse.
27. Packers: Kenny Clark – DT – UCLA
Kenny Clark is just the fourth UCLA defensive lineman taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. The first three were Bill Sandifer in 1974, Manu Tuiasosopo in 1979, and Datone Jones in 2013.
28. 49ers: Joshua Garnett – OG – Stanford
Joshua Garnett’s father, Scott Garnett, played football at the University of Washington and went on to see action as a defensive lineman in the NFL with the Broncos, Chargers, 49ers, and Bills.
29. Cardinals: Robert Nkemdiche – DL – Ole Miss
Defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche scored three touchdowns during his college football career, all of them on offense. All three scoring plays came during 2015, first on a 31 yard reception against Tennessee-Martin, and then on one yard touchdown runs against Fresno State and Vanderbilt.
30. Panthers: Vernon Butler – DT – Louisiana Tech
Vernon Butler was just the fourth player ever selected in the first round of the NFL Draft out of Louisiana Tech. Two of the first three, Terry Bradshaw and Willi Roaf, would end up in the Hall of Fame. The other was Pro-Bowler Roger Carr who put together a 10 year career.
31. Seahawks: Germain Ifedi – OT – Texas A&M
Germain Ifedi is the third Texas A&M player the Seahawks have ever used a first round pick on in the NFL Draft. The first two were Jacob Green and Sam Adams.