Ten-year NFL draft snapshot: Purdue Boilermakers

Ten-year NFL draft snapshot: Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue has struggled the last four years, winning just nine games. And, those struggles have been mirrored in the NFL draft over that span, as just four Boilermakers have been taken since 2013.

Defensive and offensive linemen have been picked most often the last 10 years for Purdue, which has had five selected on both sides of the ball. But a place known as the “cradle of quarterbacks” has had just one signal-caller (Curtis Painter) picked since 2007. And the Boilermakers have had no running backs and no receivers taken in the last 10 drafts. The last running back selected: Edwin Watson in 1998. The last wideout picked: Vinny Sutherland in 2001.

This year’s draft, to be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia, doesn’t figure to include many—if any— Boilermakers. The players with the best chances to be selected are receiver DeAngelo Yancey and guard Jordan Roos. Wideout Domonique Young and guard Jason King also could be selected.

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

PURDUE DRAFT 2007-16
Highest pick: 16th overall, LB Ryan Kerrigan, 2011/Redskins
Most fertile draft: 2007, 2008, three selections
Total first-round picks: 3
Total picks: 17

Position breakdown:
• Defensive line: 5
• Offensive line: 5
• Defensive back: 2
• Linebacker: 3
• Quarterback: 1
• Tight end: 1

2007
First round: LB Anthony Spencer, Cowboys
Fifth round: G Uche Nwaneri, Jaguars
Seventh round: OT Mike Otto, Titans

2008
First round: TE Dustin Keller, Jets
Third round: DE Cliff Avril, Lions
Fourth round: LB Stanford Keglar, Titans

2009
Third round: DT Alex Magee, Chiefs
Sixth round: QB Curtis Painter, Colts

2010
Second round: DE Mike Neal, Packers

2011
First round: LB Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins

2012
Fifth round: OT Dennis Kelly, Eagles
Sixth round: OT Nick Mondek, Titans

2013
Second round: DT Kawann Short, Panthers

2014
Fifth round: CB Ricardo Allen, Falcons
Fifth round: OT Kevin Pamphile, Buccaneers

2015
Fifth round: DE Ryan Russell, Cowboys

2016
Sixth round: CB Anthony Brown, Cowboys

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer

About Tom Dienhart: BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for BTN.com and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, and send him questions to his weekly mailbag.

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