Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 27, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

2 DE Mike Neal, Packers

1 LB Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins

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

2 DT Kawann Short, Panthers

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

5 DE Ryan Russell, Cowboys


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