Two Tigers drafted in first round of the 2013 NFL Draft

saints mgWell, the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft is in the books.  Another record showing for the SEC, with 12 of the 32 players chosen on the first day of the draft hailing from schools that currently play in the conference that’s won the past seven consecutive BCS national football titles.

In fact, the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings doubled their pleasure on SEC talent on day one in an effort to double their fun in the near future.  The Jets took cornerback Dee Milliner out of Alabama with the ninth pick and Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Williams four picks later at 13; while the Vikings took two guys who, if nothing else can be defined as spellcheck nightmares:  former UF defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd at 23 followed by wideout Cordarrelle Patterson out of Tennessee at 29.

LSU defensive end Bakevious Mingo  became the first Louisiana prospect be taken in the 78th NFL Draft, sixth overall by the Cleveland Browns.  Mingo is the sixth top six pick from LSU in the last seven years; following Morris Claiborne (#6, 2012), Patrick Peterson (#5, 2011), Tyson Jackson (#3, 2006), Glenn Dorsey (#5, 2008), and arguably the biggest bust in NFL draft history, JaMarcus Russell (#1, 2007).

Thirteen-year-old St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital bone cancer patient Markell Gregoire and lifelong Saints fan was called upon to announce the New Orleans Saints’ 15th pick, Kenny Vaccaro, a highly touted safety out of the University of Texas- Austin.  What a classy move by the Saints!

The only other Louisiana prospect to go in the first round besides Mingo was fellow LSU Tiger Eric Reid, selected at 18 by the defending NFL Champion San Francisco 49ers.  To get Reed, the 49ers were willing to give up the 31st pick in the first round to the Dallas Cowboys (Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin) and the team’s 74th overall in the third round.

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About Jacob C. Johnson

Jacob Johnson is an experienced journalist whose passion for writing has taken him far beyond the bayous of his home state of Louisiana. He is the former sports editor of The Sakhalin Times, one of Far Eastern Russia’s only English-language newspapers. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree in mass communication at LSU, he served as Sports Director of the campus television station, Tiger TV. He was also a member of the Tiger Stadium video scoreboard crew awarded a game ball by then coach Nick Saban for its replay efforts on a key play against Alabama in 2000. He currently resides in Baton Rouge with his wife and two sons.

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