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Fun Facts About The 2014 NFL Draft – Part 3

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 21, 2014

Fun Facts About Picks #23 – #32 In The 2014 NFL Draft

Here is Part 3, the final installment of fun facts about each of the first round selections in the 2014 NFL Draft.  If you haven’t read the first two parts yet, you can find them here:

Part 1:  Picks #1 – #12

Part 2:  Picks #13 – #22

#23 – Dee Ford

-With the 23rd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected defensive end Dee Ford out of Auburn. Ford was the MVP of the 2014 Senior Bowl, the All-Star game played following the regular season.

#24 – Darqueze Dennard

-Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard, a cornerback, was made the 24th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft when he was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals had used the 24th pick in the draft twice before, first on two time Heisman Trophy winning running back Archie Griffin in 1976 and then in 2006 on defensive back Johnathan Joseph.

#25 – Jason Verrett

-With the 25th pick in the draft in 2014, the San Diego Chargers picked cornerback Jason Verrett out of TCU. Verrett was not offered a scholarship coming out of high school, but four years later he was named an All-American by Sports Illustrated.

#26 – Marcus Smith

-Linebacker Marcus Smith out of Louisville was the 26th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles did not start out with the 26th pick. They received it from the Browns as part of the package when Cleveland traded up to take quarterback Johnny Manziel.

#27 – Deone Bucannon

-With the 27th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected Deone Bucannon, a safety out of Washington State University. Though a linebacker in college, Bucannon played quarterback in high school in Georgia.

#28 – Kelvin Benjamin

-Kelvin Benjamin, a wide receiver from Florida State, was the 28th pick in the draft in 2014 and was selected by the Carolina Panthers. His 15 touchdown receptions in 2013 were the most of any player in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

#29 – Dominique Easley

-The New England Patriots made Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley the 29th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Easley attended Curtis High School in Staten Island, New York. Other notable people to have attended the same high school as him include author Amy Vanderbilt, Soccer Hall of Fame member Jack Hynes, 1912 Olympic silver medalist Abel Kiviat, and baseball player Bobby Thomson who was made famous for “The Shot Heard ‘Round The World”.

#30 – Jimmie Ward

-Jimmie Ward, a safety out of Northern Illinois, was the 30th player taken in the draft in 2014 when he was chosen by the San Francisco 49ers. He was the second highest selection ever out of Northern Illinois University. Five years earlier in 2009, linebacker Larry English had been selected by the San Diego Chargers.

#31 – Bradley Roby

-The 31st pick in the 2014 NFL Draft was used by the Denver Broncos to select Bradley Roby, a cornerback out of Ohio State University. The final interception of Bradley Roby’s college career came off of quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase of the University of Illinois on November 16, 2013. It happened in the first quarter and he returned the ball 63 yards for a touchdown.

#32 – Teddy Bridgewater

-Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was the 32nd and final pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was picked by the Minnesota Vikings. The most TD passes Bridgewater threw in one game in college was five. He did this twice, first as asophomore in a win over Temple and then as a junior in a win over Ohio.

Don’t forget to check out the previous two parts:

Part 1:  Picks #1 – #12

Part 2:  Picks #13 – #22

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