Fantasy Football: 26 all-time ‘Dawgs went in 7 Rounds

Fantasy Football: 26 all-time ‘Dawgs went in 7 Rounds

By MIKE MONTFORT

No ex-Navarro Bulldogs were among the 12 former NJCAA football players selected by NFL organizations during draft weekend, or signed yet as undrafted free agents.

So, we’ve chosen to break down the list of 82 “Bulldogs In The Pros” found on the Navarro Athletics football website and plug them into the seven-round draft format currently used by the NFL.

The result?

A total of 26 Bulldogs have been drafted inside the first seven rounds of an NFL Draft. All of them but one were drafted in 1974 or later. Nine have been picked in the first round. The only one from the ’60s  signed with an AFL team.

Here’s a round-by-round look of Navarro football’s historical draft, in reverse chronological order:

FIRST-ROUND SELECTIONS (9)
Year – Pick # – Player (University), Position – Drafted By
2012 – (12) — D.J. Hayden (Houston), DB – Oakland
2000 – (20) — Stockar McDougle (Oklahoma), OL – Detroit
1996 – (25) — Jermane Mayberry (TAMU-Kingsville), OL – Philadelphia
1994 – (12) — Aaron Glenn (Texas A&M), DB – NY Jets
1985 – (13) — Eddie Brown (Miami), WR – Cincinnati
1979 – (20) — Willis Adams (Houston), WR – Cleveland
1979 – (21) — Tim Gray (Texas A&M), DB – St. Louis Cardinals
1975 – (11) — Billy Brooks (Oklahoma), WR – Cincinnati
1962 – (7) — Ray Jacobs (Howard Payne), DE-DT – Houston Oilers (AFL)

SECOND-ROUND SELECTIONS (2)
Year – Pick # – Player (University), Position – Drafted By
1979 – (38) — Reggie Mathis (Oklahoma), LB – New Orleans
1977 – (44) — Horace Ivory (Oklahoma), RB – Boston Patriots

THIRD-ROUND SELECTIONS (4)
Year – Pick # – Player (University), Position – Drafted By
1998 – (80) — Ramos McDonald (New Mexico), DB – Minnesota
1992 – (59) — Mark Wheeler (Texas A&M), DT-NT – Tampa Bay
1977 – (63) — Edgar Fields (Texas A&M), DE-DT – Atlanta
1974 – (57) — Glenn Robinson (Oklahoma State), DE-LB – Baltimore Colts

FOURTH-ROUND SELECTIONS (3)
Year – Pick # – Player (University), Position – Drafted By
1996 – (96) — Keo Coleman (Mississippi State) – NY Jets
1993 – (112) — Albert Fontenot (Baylor) – Chicago Bears
1974 – (85) — Durwood Keeton (Oklahoma) – St. Louis Cardinals

SIXTH-ROUND SELECTIONS (4)
Year – Pick # – Player (University), Position – Drafted By
2014 – (202) — Tavon Rooks (Kansas State), OL – New Orleans
2012 – (203) — Robert T. Griffin (Baylor), OL – NY Jets
2005 – (180) — Mike Montgomery (Texas A&M), DT – Green Bay
2002 – (173) — DeMarcus Faggins (Kansas State), DB – Houston Texans

SEVENTH-ROUND SELECTIONS (4)
Year – Pick # – Player (University), Position – Drafted By
2013 – (242) — Michael Bowie (Northeastern State), OL – Seattle
2010 – (218) — J’Marcus Webb (West Texas A&M), OL – Chicago Bears
1997 – (212) — Mark Smith (Auburn), DT-DE – Arizona Cardinals
1994 – (210) — Keith Burns (Oklahoma State), LB – Denver

First-round pick Ray Jacobs (1962) was the only pre-1974 selection. Jacobs and many players from the decade of the 1960s benefitted from the pre-1970 NFL-AFL merger and were drafted twice.  Jacobs, for example, was a first-round choice of the AFL Houston Oilers, but a 17th-round pick of the NFL Dallas Cowboys.

Some players not listed here were drafted in rounds beyond the seventh in other draft formats. Players like Miami linebacker Fred Robinson (1984, San Diego, Round 8), Idaho State receiver/returner Ed Bell (1970, New York Jets, Round 9), TCU wide receiver Bubba Thornton (1969, Buffalo, 14th), Wake Forest quarterback Karl Sweetan (1965, Detroit, Round 18) and Tulsa quarterback Billy Guy Anderson (1965, Los Angeles Rams, Round 19) watched the phone longer, but endured the wait.