LANE | Pryor, Smith, Bridgewater all go in Round One
Louisville produced a pair of 1st-round picks for the first time in school history.
Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) -- The U of L Cardinals had never produced even two first-round picks in the same NFL draft. Thursday they had three taken in round one. Safety Calvin Pryor was picked 18th overall by the New York Jets and Defensive End Marcus Smith went with the 26th pick to the Philadelphia Eagles. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater waited in the green room until the final pick of round one, taken by Minnesota after the Vikings acquired the pick in a trade with Seattle.
Pryor, known as a big hitter was the Cardinals first 1st-round selection since Eric Wood went to Buffalo in 2009. The 5'11" 207 pound safety is the school record-holder with nine career forced fumbles and he also had 218 career tackles and seven interceptions.
Smith was originally projected as a 3rd or 4th round pick, but moved up on draft boards, showing he was versatile enough to play outside linebacker as well as defensive end. Both Smith, a Georgia native and Pryor, a Florida native, played quarterback in high school.
Bridgewater, the Miami native and face of the program for the last three seasons was originally projected as one of the top picks in the draft by many pundits, but was dropped down in recent mock drafts. He said afterward that "he felt he was going to end in Minnesota, some way, somehow."
South Carolina Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney was the number one overall pick of the Houston Texans. Two other quarterbacks were taken in the first round, Central Florida's Blake Bortles going number three to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Johnny Manziel going to Cleveland with the 22nd pick.
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