Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 17, 2015

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.

Linemen have been the most common picks, with six 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 and Rob Ninkovich coming off the board in recent years. And the ?cradle of quarterbacks? has had two picks, with Kyle Orton and Curtis Painter being tabbed.

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


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: 6
  • Offensive line: 5
  • Linebacker: 3
  • Defensive back: 2
  • Quarterback: 2
  • Tight end: 1


Fourth round: QB Kyle Orton, Bears


Second round: DB Bernard Pollard, Chiefs

Fourth round: DE Ray Edwards, Vikings

Fifth round: DE Rob Ninkovich, Saints


First round: LB Anthony Spencer, Cowboys

Fifth round: G Uche Nwaneri, Jaguars

Seventh round: OT Mike Otto, Titans


First round: TE Dustin Keller, Jets

Third round: DE Cliff Avril, Lions

Fourth round: LB Stanford Keglar, Titans


Third round: DT Alex Magee, Chiefs

Sixth round: QB Curtis Painter, Colts


Second round: DE Mike Neal, Packers


First round: LB Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins


Fifth round: OT Dennis Kelly, Eagles

Sixth round: OT Nick Mondek, Titans


Second round: DT Kawann Short, Panthers


Fifth round: CB Ricardo Allen, Falcons

Fifth round: OT Kevin Pamphile, Buccaneers

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