It’s hard to believe that only a year ago, over 200,000 fans packed the streets of Nashville for the first night of the NFL Draft. The pictures of that scene now give me anxiety, but it was a memorable night because Josh Allen went seventh to the Jacksonville Jaguars, becoming Kentucky’s highest draft pick since Dewayne Robertson was selected fourth by the New York Jets in 2003.
Allen was the first of five Kentucky Wildcats drafted last year, the most for the program since 1979. This year’s haul may not be as big, but Lynn Bowden and Logan Stenberg are almost certain to hear their names called, further proof of the incredible job Mark Stoops has done since taking over in 2012. I had planned to post videos of all of the draft picks of the Stoops Era, but unfortunately, footage from prior to 2015 is hard to find, so I substituted some other videos and pictures for the early guys.
Larry Warford: Round 3, Pick No. 65 (Detroit)
Considering Warford is a three-time Pro Bowler, you’d think it’d be easier to find a clip of his name being called. Alas, here is his draft profile:
Avery Williamson: Round 5, Pick No. 151 (Tennessee)
I couldn’t find footage of Williamson being drafted, so here’s a photo of him in a Jets uniform on the subway (which also gives me anxiety):
Bud Dupree: Round 1, Pick No. 22 (Pittsburgh)
Za’Darius Smith: Round 4, Pick No. 122 (Baltimore)
Looking back, Za’Darius has to be one of the biggest sleepers of this draft.
Josh Forrest: Round 6, Pick No. 190 (L.A. Rams)
Josh Allen: Round 1, Pick No. 7 (Jacksonville)
Lonnie Johnson, Round 2, Pick No. 54 (Houston)
Mike Edwards: Round 3, Pick No. 99 (Tampa Bay)
Benny Snell: Round 4, Pick No. 122 (Pittsburgh)
George Asafo-Adjei: Round 7, Pick No. 232