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Fun Facts About The 2014 NFL Draft

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 15, 2014

The 2014 NFL Draft, like all NFL Drafts, was a lot of fun and will have a big impact on the league. Here is a look at some fun facts about this yearly tradition that brought in a fine selection of good young players.

-The official name of the NFL Draft is the NFL Players Selection Meeting.

-Two teams tied for the most selections in the 2014 NFL Draft with both the Jets and the 49ers having 12 picks.

-The offensive position with the most players taken in the 2014 NFL Draft was wide receiver at 34. The most selected defensive position was linebackers, also with 34 player picked at that position.

-The team that had the fewest picks in the 2014 NFL Draft was the Colts with five selections.

-Every position in football had multiple players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft except punter. The lone punter selected this year was Pat O’Donnell, picked in the 6th round by the Bears out of the University of Cincinnati.

Fun Facts About The First Dozen Selections In The 2014 NFL Draft:

#1 – Jadeveon Clowney

-The Houston Texans had the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and used it on defensive end Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina. The only other time a South Carolina Gamecocks player had been selected with the top pick was in 1981 when the New Orleans Saints selected running back George Rogers.

#2 – Greg Robinson

-With the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams selected offensive tackle Greg Robinson out of Auburn. This was the second time in five years that St. Louis had used the second overall pick on an offensive lineman, having drafted offensive tackle Jason Smith out of Baylor with the pick in 2009.

#3 – Blake Bortles

-The Jacksonville Jaguars used the third overall pick in 2014 on quarterback Blake Bortles out of the University of Central Florida. He was the second player ever taken in the NFL Draft out of Central Florida. The first was quarterback Daunte Culpepper by the Vikings with the 11th pick in 1999.

#4 – Sammy Watkins

-The fourth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft saw the Buffalo Bills select wide receiver Sammy Watkins out of Clemson. This tied for the highest Buffalo had ever drafted a wide receiver, having taken J.D. Hill out of Arizona State with the fourth pick in 1971.

#5 – Khalil Mack

-The Oakland Raiders used the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft on linebacker Khalil Mack out of the University of Buffalo. This was the first time a Buffalo Bulls player had ever been taken in the first round.

#6 – Jake Matthews

-The Atlanta Falcons used the sixth overall pick in 2014 on offensive tackle Jake Matthews out of Texas A&M. Matthews had been a high school teammate at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas of cornerback D.J. Hayden who was selected in the first round the year before in 2013 by the Raiders.

#7 – Mike Evans

-Jake Matthews’ teammate, wide receiver Mike Evans, was taken one pick later with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The last time the Bucs had used a first round pick on a wide receiver was in 2004 when they selected Michael Clayton with the 15th pick out of LSU.

#8 – Justin Gilbert

-Cornerback Justin Gilbert out of Oklahoma State was the eighth overall pick in 2014 by the Cleveland Browns. He was the defensive MVP for the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.

#9 – Anthony Barr

-Anthony Barr was selected ninth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft out of UCLA by the Minnesota Vikings. Anthony Barr’s father, Tony Brooks, and two uncles, Reggie Brooks and Cedric Figaro also played in the NFL.

#10 – Eric Ebron

-The Detroit Lions used the 10th pick in the NFL Draft in 2014 on tight end Eric Ebron out of North Carolina. He was the first tight end selected that year and also the second Tar Heels tight end ever taken in the first round. The first had been Ethan Horton by the Chiefs in 1985.

#11 – Taylor Lewan

-The Tennessee Titans used the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft on offensive tackle Taylor Lewan out of Michigan. Lewan didn’t start playing on the offensive line until his senior year of high school, having played defensive end up until then.

#12 – Odell Beckham

-The New York Giants chose wide receiver Odell Beckham out of LSU with the 12th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Beckham would go on to see eight of his teammates selected before the draft ended. This gave LSU nine selections in 2014 (Beckham, Ego Ferguson, Jeremy Hill, Jarvis Landry, Trai Turner, Lamin Barrow, Zach Mettenberger, Alfred Blue, and James Wright) which was more than any other college.

Check out some fun facts about the next 10 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft!

After that, check out Part 3 of Fun Facts About The 2014 NFL Draft!

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