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20 years of UK NFL Draft picks


In honor of tonight’s NFL Draft, let’s take a look at the former Kentucky Wildcats who heard their names called on draft day over the last 20 years. Tim Couch, of course, headlines the list as the No. 1 overall pick in 1999, but don’t forget about Dewayne Robertson in 2003 or Stevie Johnson almost going undrafted in 2008.


First Round

1. Tim Couch, Cleveland Browns (1999)
4. Dewayne Robertson, New York Jets (2003)

Second Round

43. Melvin Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1995)
64. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (2011)

Third Round

69. Eric Kelly, Minnesota Vikings (2001)
75. Moe Williams, Minnesota Vikings (1996)
83. Corey Peters, Atlanta Falcons (2010)
85. Dean Wells, Seattle Seahawks (1993)
92. Vincent Burns, Indianapolis Colts (2005)
97. Todd Perry, Chicago Bears (1993)
98. Dennis Johnson, San Francisco 49ers (2002)

Fourth Round

98. Craig Yeast, Cincinnati Bengals (1999)
99. Artose Pinner, Detroit Lions (2003)
105. Trevard Lindley, Philadelphia Eagles (2010)
127. Jacob Tamme, Indianapolis Colts (2008)
128. Keenan Burton, St. Louis Rams (2008)

Fifth Round

139. John Conner, New York Jets (2010)
141. Van Hiles, Chicago Bears (1997)
157. James Whalen, Tamba Bay Buccaneers (2000)

Sixth Round

158. Chuck Bradley, Houston Oilers (1993)
172. Terry Samuels, Arizona Cardinals (1994)
198. Andrew Woodson, New York Giants (2008)
207. Myron Pryor, New England Patriots (2009)

Seventh Round

202. Doug Pelfrey, Cincinnati Bengals (1993)
205. Chris Ward, Baltimore Ravens (1997)
207. Zane Beehn, San Diego Chargers (1994)
221. Reggie Rusk, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996)
222. Marty Moore, New England Patriots (1994)
224. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills (2008)
233. Marlon McCree, Jacksonville Jaguars (2001)
234. Kio Sanford, San Diego Chargers (1998)
236. Quentin McCord, Atlanta Falcons (2001)
244. Derek Abney, Baltimore Ravens (2004)

(Active players in bold)

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

25 Comments for 20 years of UK NFL Draft picks

  1. ahole
    4:04 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink


  2. Rockfield, KY
    4:09 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    What happened to Trevard?

  3. winston guy
    4:09 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    what about Lexington’s own WINSTON GUY!?!

  4. The Ghost of Shipwreck Kelly
    4:10 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew Woodson?

  5. Matt
    4:13 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    You forgot Guy and Trevathan from last year. Both were 6th rounders.

  6. Michael F. Jox
    4:14 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Man, our 2 first rounders worked out real well, didn’t they

  7. Weslie Woodyard
    4:14 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    what about Wesley Woodyard and Danny Trevathan?

  8. Lindley
    4:18 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Am I still in the pros?

    Also… what a steal Cobb and Stevie ended up being

  9. Ryan Harrow's Flu Bug
    4:22 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink


  10. Scott Baio
    4:22 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t remember Andrew Woodson??

  11. tyson
    4:28 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    7. Woodyard was undrafted wasn’t he?

    This would have been nice if you had years in the NFL and a major stat to go along with the names/rounds.

  12. Hello?
    4:46 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Trevard Lindley, 2010, 4th Round.
    Danny Trevathan, 2012, 6th Round.
    Winston Guy, 2012, 6th Round.

  13. BravoBigBlue
    4:46 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Why bother?

  14. TheDecker
    4:54 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Andre Woodson: 2008, 6th round, 198th, NY Giants

  15. Bubba
    5:05 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Just saw this in Eamonn Brennan’s chat wrap from today’s online chat… Figured the UK faithful will appreciate it:
    ” So my attitude is, if Calipari is pursuing the best player in the country
    this late in his recruitment, assume he is going to Kentucky until notified
    to the contrary. It’s the Unified Law of Cal, let’s call it.”

  16. Wildcatsteeler
    5:22 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Hard to believe Cobb went so late. Plenty of teams kicking themselves for that now I bet. Just think how good he would have been if we didn’t have an offensive coordinator that liked to use him as a “decoy” in the red zone.

  17. Aaron
    5:38 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Dermonti Dawson as well

  18. The Water Boy
    5:39 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Dennis Johnson was drafted by the Cardinals. As a 49ers fan I say that with 100% certainty.

  19. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    5:52 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Stevie Johnson in the 7th round….what a steal.

  20. Cmon Man
    7:30 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Sonny Collins 2nd Round #36 overall in 1976 by the Atlanta Falcons.
    Derrick Ramsey was drafted in 1978 by the Raiders in round 5 (#136 overall.)

    Back in the day!!!

  21. Trevard Lindley
    8:12 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Did I get cut today?
    If you’ll check the Eagles roster, you’ll see that I am still active with the team.

  22. HB
    9:01 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Tim Masthay (undrafted) deserves a mention as an active player

  23. Andre Woodson
    10:49 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Seriously? “Andrew” Woodson? I beat LSU. I had us ranked in the top ten! I was, at one point, a Heisman candidate! You gotta be kidding me!?!?

  24. Shane Linton
    12:05 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    What aboue Dean Wells??? 10 year NFL career.

  25. Shane Linton
    12:06 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I stand corrected, you have him listed in the 3rd round, I thought he was taken in the 4th round… I’ll stand down now.