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    ALL-TIME ILLINOIS NFL/AFL FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICKS
    YearPlayerTeam (Selection)Pos
    2012Whitney MercilusHouston (26)DE
     A.J. JenkinsSan Francisco (30)WR
    2011Corey LiugetSan Diego (18)DT
    2009Vontae DavisMiami (25)CB
    2008Rashard MendenhallPittsburgh (23) RB
    1996Kevin HardyJacksonville (2)LB
     Simeon RiceArizona (3)LB
    1993Brad HopkinsHouston (13)OT
    1991Henry JonesBuffalo (26)DB
    1990Jeff GeorgeIndianapolis (1)QB
    1988Scott DavisL.A. Raiders (25)DE
    1983Tony EasonNew England (15)QB
    1966Jim GrabowskiGreen Bay (9)FB
    1965George DonnellySan Francisco (13)DB
    1965Dick ButkusChicago (3)LB
    1961Joe RutgensWashington (3)DT
    1959Rich KreitlingCleveland (11)WR
    1954John BauerCleveland (12)G
     Stan WallaceChicago (6)DB
    1944Tony ButkovichL.A. Rams (11)RB


    Year Name, Position, Team (round, pick if available)
    1937 NFL Elvin Sayre, C, Detroit (8th, 77)
    1939 NFL Jim McDonald, C, Detroit (20th, 187)
    1940 NFL Mel Brewer, T, Washington (21st, 195)
    1941 NFL Tom Riggs, G, Green Bay (15th)
    Jim Reeder, T, Green Bay (20th)
    1943 NFL Eddie McGovern, B, Chicago Cardinals (26th, 244)
    1944 NFL Tony Butkovich, B, Cleveland (1st, 11)
    Alex Agase, G, Green Bay (8th, 71)
    1945 NFL Les Joop, T, Detroit (9th, 82)
    Mike Kasap, T, Detroit (12th, 115)
    Ray Florek, B, Cleveland (26th, 268)
    1946 NFL Mac Wenskunas, C, Chicago Cardinals (2nd, 11)
    Julius Rykovich, B, Chicago Bears (2nd, 14)
    Chick Maggioli, B, Washington (11th, 99)
    Frank Bauman, E, Chicago Bears (12th, 104)
    Stan Sprague, E, Washington (14th, 129)
    Tom Gallagher, B, Chicago Bears (19th, 174)
    Butch Kolens, G, New York Giants (27th, 255)
    1947 NFL Art Dufelmeier, B, Chicago Cardinals (9th, 70)
    Dwight "Dike" Eddleman, B, Chicago Bears (9th, 75)
    Russ Steger, B, LA Rams (11th, 93)
    Lou Levanti, C, LA Rams (23rd, 213)
    Bob Prymuski, G, LA Rams (32nd, 299)
    1947 AAFC Buddy Young, B, NY Yankees (special selection)
    Bill Huber, E, Cleveland (11th, 88)
    Mac Wenskunas, C, Chicago Rockets (18th, 136)
    Bill Franks, T, Chicago Rockets (25th, 170)
    1948 NFL Les Bingaman, T, Detroit (3rd, 15)
    Bob Cunz, T, Green Bay (8th, 61)
    Russ Steger, B, Detroit (13th, 107)
    Perry Moss, B, Green Bay (13th, 111)
    Lou Agase, T, Green Bay (15th, 131)
    1948 AAFC Les Bingaman, T, Brooklyn (5th, 27)
    Lou Agase, T, Chicago Rockets (14th, 82)
    Russ Steger, B, Cleveland (17th, 113)
    Dwight "Dike" Eddleman, B, Cleveland (21st, 145)
    Ike Owen, E, Chicago Rockets (24th, 162)
    Lou Levanti, C, Baltimore (25th, 171)
    Sam Zatkoff, E, Baltimore (26th, 179)
    Perry Moss, B, San Francisco (27th, 190)
    Herb Siegert, G, San Francisco (29th, 206)
    1949 NFL Al Mastrangeli, C, Green Bay (13th, 123)
    Lyle Button, T, Philadelphia (13th, 131)
    Tony Klimek, E, Chicago Cardinals (14th, 140)
    Herb Siegert, G, Washington (18th, 178)
    Walt Kersulis, E, LA Rams (23rd, 227)
    1949 AAFC Bob Prymuski, T, Baltimore (8th, 57)
    Al Mastrangeli, C, NY Yankees (9th, 64)
    Walt Kersulis, E, Cleveland (14th, 108)
    Murney Lazier, B, Baltimore (20th, 147)
    1950 NFL Lyle Button, T, Washington (14th, 175)
    Walt Kersulis, E, Pittsburgh (23rd, 294)
    Johnny Karras, B, Detroit (28th, 356)
    Russ Steger, B, Detroit (29th, 369)
    1951 NFL Lynn Lynch, G, Chicago Cardinals (5th, 51)
    Dick Raklovits, G, Detroit, (8th, 91)
    Wayne Siegert, T, Detroit (13th, 153)
    Paul Douglass, B, NY Giants (13th, 158)
    Chuck Brown, G, Chicago Bears (18th, 216)
    Al Tate, T, San Francisco (20th, 234)
    Al Brosky, B, LA Rams (27th, 324)
    1952 NFL Johnny Karras, B, Chicago Cardinals (2nd, 16)
    Chuck Ulrich, T, Philadelphia (4th, 41)
    Marv Berschet , T, Washington (16th, 187)
    Herb Neathery, B, Cleveland (16th ,189)
    Tommy O'Connell, QB, Chicago Bears (18th, 212)
    Chuck Boerio, C, Green Bay (20th, 231)
    Dick Jenkins, T, Washington (21st, 247)
    Joe Vernasco, E, Cleveland (26th, 312)
    Don Stevens, B, Philadelphia (30th, 353)
    1953 NFL Rex Smith, E, Philadelphia (5th)
    Pete Bachouros, B, Philadelphia (19th)
    1954 NFL Stan Wallace, B, Chicago Bears (1st, 6)
    John Bauer, G, Cleveland (1st, 12)
    Rocky Ryan, E, Philadelphia (2nd, 21)
    Ken Miller, B, Chicago Bears (14th, 162)
    Jim Baughman, G, Cleveland (21st, 252)
    Claude Talieferro, B, Baltimore (29th, 341)
    1955 NFL Dick Miller, T, Detroit (25th, 300)
    Bob Gongala, B, San Francisco (30th, 356)
    1956 NFL J.C. Caroline, B, Chicago Bears (7th, 82)
    Em Lindback, QB, LA Rams (12th, 144)
    Mickey Bates, B, LA Rams (29th, 348)
    1957 NFL Abe Woodson, B, San Francisco (2nd, 15)
    Wayne Bock, T, Chicago Cardinals (5th, 58)
    Percy Oliver, G, Green Bay (20th, 231)
    Gary Francis, E, Pittsburgh (24th, 282)
    1958 NFL Ray Nitschke, B, Green Bay (3rd, 36)
    Bobby Mitchell, B, Cleveland (7th, 84)
    Carl Johnson, T, Green Bay (10th, 110)
    Rod Hanson, E, Washington (24th, 282)
    1959 NFL Rich Kreitling, E, Cleveland (1st, 11)
    Jack Delveaux, B, NY Giants (9th, 107)
    Darrell DeDecker, T, Chicago Cardinals (18th, 207)
    Bruce Dollahan, T, San Francisco (23rd, 270)
    Ron Nietupski, T, Cleveland (29th, 346)
    1960 NFL Bill Burrell, LB, Chicago Cardinals (5th, 50)
    1960 AFL Bill Burrell, LB, Buffalo (round N/A)
    DeJustice Coleman, HB, Houston
    John Gremer, G, Houston
    1961 NFL Joe Rutgens, T, Washington (1st, 3)
    Bill Brown, B, Chicago Bears (2nd, 20)
    Joe Krakoski, B, Washington (6th, 72)
    Marshall Starks, HB, St. Louis (8th, 106)
    Tony Parrilli, G, San Francisco (11th, 149)
    Ernie McMillan, E, St. Louis (13th 176)
    Larry Lavery, T, Philadelphia (17th, 238)
    1961 AFL Joe Rutgens, T, Oakland (1st, 4)
    Cliff Roberts, T, LA Chargers (6th)
    Bill Brown, B, NY Titans (6th)
    Ernie McMillan, T, Boston (10th)
    Joe Wendryhoski, T, NY Titans (13th)
    Joe Krakoski, HB, Oakland (18th)
    Darrell DeDecker, C, Boston (23rd)
    1962 NFL Ed O'Bradovich, E, Chicago Bears (7th, 91)
    Charles Dickerson, T, Cleveland (9th, 123)
    Gary Brown, B, San Francisco (18th, 246)
    1962 AFL Johnny Counts, HB, NY Titans (24th)
    Charles Dickerson, T, Boston (28th)
    Tony Parrilli, G, Buffalo (33rd)
    1963 NFL Mike Taliaferro, QB, NY Giants (10th, 138)
    Thurman Walter, E, Green Bay (17th, 238)
    1963 AFL Mike Taliaferro, QB, NY Titans (28th)
    1965 NFL Dick Butkus, LB, Chicago Bears (1st, 3)
    George Donnelly, B, San Francisco (1st, 13)
    Archie Sutton, T, Minnesota (2nd, 15)
    Gregg Schumacher, E, San Francisco (13th, 170)
    Dave Powless, G, NY Giants (17th, 225)
    1965 AFL Dick Butkus, LB, Denver (2nd)
    George Donnelly, DB, Denver (4th)
    Bill Minor, LB, Oakland (11th)
    Dave Powless, G, Kansas City (15th)
    1966 NFL Jim Grabowski, FB, Green Bay (1st, 9)
    Don Hansen, LB, Minnesota (3rd, 42)
    Ron Acks, DE, Minnesota (4th, 57)
    Sam Price, HB, NY Giants (16th, 240)
    Gary Eickman, T, NY Giants (17th, 254)
    Kai Anderson, C, NY Giants (18th, 268)
    Dale Greco, DT, Minnesota (18th, 270)
    1966 AFL Jim Grabowski, FB, Miami (1st, 1)
    Don Hansen, LB, Miami (7th)
    Sam Price, HB, Miami (11th)
    Ed Russell, T, Buffalo (16th)
    Ron Acks, DB, NY Jets (16th)
    Gary Eickman, DE, Denver (17th)
    1966 AFL Kai Anderson, C, Miami (11th), redshirt
    1967 NFL Bruce Sullivan, DB, Washington (10th, 250)
    1968 NFL Cyril Pinder, RB, Philadelphia (2nd, 39)
    John Wright, WR, Detroit (2nd, 53)
    Terry Miller, LB, Detroit (8th, 202)
    Bob Robertson, C, Houston (9th, 224)
    Ken Kmiec, DB, Dallas (9th, 241)
    National Football League
    1969 Rich Johnson, RB, Houston (3rd, 78)
    Tony Pleviak, DE, Atlanta (5th, 127)
    Bob Naponic, QB, Houston (10th, 256)
    1970 Doug Dieken, T, Cleveland (6th, 142)
    1973 Mike Wells, QB, Minnesota (4th, 80)
    Tab Bennett, LB, San Diego (9th, 214)
    Willie Osley, DB, Kansas City (10th, 251)
    Larry Allen, LB, Green Bay (10th, 255)
    Larry McCarren, C, Green Bay (12th, 308)
    1974 Gerry Sullivan, C-T, Cleveland (7th, 171)
    Octavus Morgan, LB, Pittsburgh (16th, 412)
    1975 Revie Sorey, G, Chicago (5th, 110)
    Tom Hicks, LB, Chicago (6th, 151)
    Mark Peterson, DE, Kansas City (16th, 396)
    1976 Lonnie Perrin, RB, Denver (5th, 139)
    Stu Levenick, T, Baltimore (9th, 258)
    Doug Kleber, T, Cleveland (10th, 271)
    Joe Smalzer, TE, Cleveland (14th, 381)
    1977 Scott Studwell, LB, Minnesota (9th, 250)
    Dan Beaver, K, Minnesota (10th, 278)
    1978 Rich Grimmett, T, Seattle (9th, 231)
    1979 Darwin Tucker, DB, LA Rams (4th, 99)
    John Sullivan, LB, Chicago (6th, 147)
    Bruce Thornton, DT, Dallas (8th, 219)
    1980 Lawrence McCullough, WR, Washington (9th, 241)
    1981 John Gillen, LB, St. Louis (5th, 116)
    Mike Sherrod, TE, St. Louis (11th, 281)
    1982 Dave Wilson, QB, New Orleans (1st in 1981 supplemental draft)
    Jack Squirek, LB, Oakland (2nd, 35)
    Ron Ferrari, LB, San Francisco (7th, 195)
    Kelvin Atkins, LB, Tampa Bay (8th, 212)
    1983 Tony Eason, QB, New England (1st, 15)
    Mike Bass, K, New England (6th, 155)
    Mike Martin, WR, Cincinnati (8th, 221)
    Adam Lingner, C, Kansas City (9th, 231)
    Oliver Williams, WR, Chicago (12th, 313)
    1984 Mitchell Brookins, WR, Buffalo (4th, 95)
    Dwight Beverly, RB, Indianapolis (6th, 147)
    Don Thorp, DT, New Orleans (6th, 156)
    Ed Brady, LB, LA Rams (8th, 215)
    Mike Johnson, DE, Houston (9th, 227)
    Bob Stowe, T, Indianapolis (11th, 290)
    Mark Butkus, DT, Chicago (11th, 298)
    Moe Bias, LB, LA Rams (12th, 328)
    Mike Weingrad, LB, Miami (12th, 333)
    1985 Mike Heaven, DB, Tampa Bay (4th, 92)
    Chris Babyar, G, Buffalo (10th, 253)
    John Ayres, DB, Atlanta (11th, 284)
    1986 Jack Trudeau, QB, Indianapolis (2nd, 47)
    David Williams, WR, Chicago (3rd, 82)
    Craig Swoope, DB, Tampa Bay (4th, 83)
    Jim Juriga, T, Denver (4th, 104)
    Thomas Rooks, RB, Minnesota (6th, 147)
    Chris White, K, Indianapolis (7th, 172)
    Cap Boso, TE, Pittsburgh (8th, 207)
    Bob Sebring, LB, Houston (9th, 225)
    Guy Teafatiller, DT, Buffalo (10th, 251)
    1987 Mark Dennis, OT, Miami (8th, 212)
    Jerry Reese, TE, Atlanta (10th, 264)
    1988 Scott Davis, DE, LA Raiders (1st, 25)
    Mike Piel, DT, LA Rams (3rd, 82)
    Keith Taylor, DB, New Orleans (5th, 134)
    Darryl Usher, WR, New England (7th,181)
    Bobby Dawson, DB, Pittsburgh (11th,295)
    1989 Keith Jones, RB, Atlanta (3rd, 62)
    1990 Jeff George, QB, Indianapolis (1st, 1)
    Mike Bellamy, WR, Philadelphia (2nd, 50)
    1991 Henry Jones, DB, Buffalo (1st, 26)
    Moe Gardner, NT, Atlanta (4th, 87)
    Darrick Brownlow, LB, Dallas (5th, 132)
    Mel Agee, DT, Indianapolis (6th, 152)
    Chris Green, DB, Miami (7th, 191)
    Howard Griffith, RB, Indianapolis (9th, 236)
    1992 Elbert Turner, WR, Houston (7th, 189)
    Kameno Bell, RB, Miami (12th, 328)
    Tim Simpson, G, Cleveland (12th, 329)
    1993 Brad Hopkins, T, Houston (1st, 13)
    1994 Filmel Johnson, DB, Buffalo (7th, 221)
    1995 Ken Dilger, TE, Indianapolis (2nd, 48)
    John Holecek, LB, Buffalo (5th, 144)
    Dana Howard, LB, Dallas (5th, 168)
    Scott Turner, DB, Washington (7th, 226)
    1996 Kevin Hardy, LB, Jacksonville (1st, 2)
    Simeon Rice, LB, Arizona (1st, 3)
    Ken Blackman, OL, Cincinnati (3rd, 69)
    1997 Dennis Stallings, LB, Houston (6th, 181)
    1998 Robert Holcombe, RB, St. Louis (2nd, 37th)
    1999 J.P. Machado, OL, N.Y. Jets (6th, 197)
    2000 Neil Rackers, PK, Cincinnati (6th, 169)
    Danny Clark, LB, Jacksonville (7th, 245)
    2001 Marques Sullivan, OT, Buffalo (5th, 144)
    Jameel Cook, FB, Tampa Bay (6th, 174)
    2002 Kurt Kittner, QB, Atlanta (5th, 158)
    2003 Eugene Wilson, CB, New England (2nd, 36)
    Brandon Lloyd, WR, San Francisco (4th, 124)
    David Diehl, G, NY Giants (5th, 160)
    Tony Pashos, OT, Baltimore (5th, 173)
    Walter Young, WR, Carolina (7th, 226)
    2004 Sean Bubin, OL, Jacksonville (5th, 159)
    Christian Morton, CB, New England (7th, 233)
    2005 Kelvin Hayden, CB, Indianapolis (2nd, 60)
    Duke Preston, OL, Buffalo (4th, 122)
    2007 Alan Ball, DB, Dallas (7th, 237)
    2008 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (1st, 23)
    2009 Vontae Davis, DB, Miami (1st, 25)
    Xavier Fulton, OL, Tampa Bay (5th, 155)
    Will Davis, OLB, Arizona (6th, 204)
    2010 Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay (2nd, 39)
    Jon Asamoah, OL, Kansas City (3rd, 68)
    Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, St. Louis (5th, 132)
    Josh Brent, DT, Dallas (7th round in 2010 supplemental draft)
    2011 Corey Liuget, DT, San Diego (1st, 18)
    Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit (2nd, 57)
    Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans (3rd, 72)
    Nate Bussey, LB, New Orleans (7th, 243)
    2012 Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston (1st, 26)
    A.J. Jenkins, WR, San Francisco (1st, 30)
    Jeff Allen, OT, Kansas City (2nd, 44)
    Tavon Wilson, CB, New England (2nd, 48)
    2013 Hugh Thornton, OL, Houston (3rd, 86)
    Akeem Spence, DT, Tampa Bay (4th, 100)
    Terry Hawthorne, DB, Pittsburgh (5th, 150)
    Michael Buchanan, DE, New England (7th, 226)


    (updated 4/2013)

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