Here's a look at Purdue in the last 10 NFL drafts

Here's a look at Purdue in the last 10 NFL drafts

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Purdue has had some surprising success in the last 10 NFL drafts, with 19 overall selections and three first-round picks. Not bad for a program that has been to just four bowls in the last 10 years and none since 2012.

Linemen have been the most common picks, with seven coming on defense and five on offense. The Boilermakers’ ability to produce defensive ends/outside linebackers has been remarkable, with the likes of Ryan Kerrigan, Anthony Spencer, Cliff Avril, Ray Edwards, Rob Ninkovich and Ryan Russell coming off the board in recent years.

Purdue is billed as the “cradle of quarterbacks” but has had just one picked in the last 10 years: Curtis Painter (2009). The Boilermakers haven’t had a running back selected since 1998 (Edwin Watson) or a receiver tabbed since 2001 (Vinny Sutherland).

Here is a look at how Purdue has fared in the last 10 NFL drafts.

PURDUE DRAFT (2006-15)
Highest pick: 16th overall, LB Ryan Kerrigan, 2011/Redskins
Most fertile draft: 2006, 2007, 2008, three selections
Total first-round picks: 3
Total picks: 19

Position breakdown

Defensive line: 7
Offensive line: 5
Linebacker: 3
Defensive back: 2
Quarterback: 1
Tight end: 1

Year by Year

2006
2nd round SS Bernard Pollard, Chiefs
4 DE Ray Edwards, Vikings
5 DE Rob Ninkovich, Saints

2007
1 LB Anthony Spencer, Cowboys
5 G Uche Nwaneri, Jaguars
7 OT Mike Otto, Titans

2008
1 TE Dustin Keller, Jets
3 DE Cliff Avril, Lions
4 LB Stanford Keglar, Titans

2009
3 DT Alex Magee, Chiefs
6 QB Curtis Painter, Colts

2010
2 DE Mike Neal, Packers

2011
1 LB Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins

2012
5 OT Dennis Kelly, Eagles
6 OT Nick Mondek, Titans

2013
2 DT Kawann Short, Panthers

2014
5 CB Ricardo Allen, Falcons
5 OT Kevin Pamphile, Buccaneers

2015
5 DE Ryan Russell, Cowboys

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