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Fighting Illini NFL Draft Picks

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

National Football League Draft Picks
1937 Elvin Sayre, C, Detroit (8th, 77)
1939 Jim McDonald, C, Detroit (20th, 187)
1940 Mel Brewer, T, Washington (21st, 195)
1941 Tom Riggs, G, Green Bay (15th)
Jim Reeder, T, Green Bay (20th)
1943 Eddie McGovern, B, Chicago Cardinals (26th, 244)
1944 Tony Butkovich, B, Cleveland (1st, 11)
Alex Agase, G, Green Bay (8th, 71)
1945 Les Joop, T, Detroit (9th, 82)
Mike Kasap, T, Detroit (12th, 115)
Ray Florek, B, Cleveland (26th, 268)
1946 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 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)
1948 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)
1949 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)
1950 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 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 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 Rex Smith, E, Philadelphia (5th)
Pete Bachouros, B, Philadelphia (19th)
1954 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 Dick Miller, T, Detroit (25th, 300)
Bob Gongala, B, San Francisco (30th, 356)
1956 J.C. Caroline, B, Chicago Bears (7th, 82)
Em Lindback, QB, LA Rams (12th, 144)
Mickey Bates, B, LA Rams (29th, 348)
1957 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 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 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 Bill Burrell, LB, Chicago Cardinals (5th, 50)
1961 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)
1962 Ed O'Bradovich, E, Chicago Bears (7th, 91)
Charles Dickerson, T, Cleveland (9th, 123)
Gary Brown, B, San Francisco (18th, 246)
1963 Mike Taliaferro, QB, NY Giants (10th, 138)
Thurman Walter, E, Green Bay (17th, 238)
1965 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)
1966 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)
1967 Bruce Sullivan, DB, Washington (10th, 250)
1968 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)
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)

American Football League Draft Picks
1960 Bill Burrell, LB, Buffalo (round N/A)
DeJustice Coleman, HB, Houston
John Gremer, G, Houston
1961 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 Johnny Counts, HB, NY Titans (24th)
Charles Dickerson, T, Boston (28th)
Tony Parrilli, G, Buffalo (33rd)
1963 Mike Taliaferro, QB, NY Titans (28th)
1965 Dick Butkus, LB, Denver (2nd)
George Donnelly, DB, Denver (4th)
Bill Minor, LB, Oakland (11th)
Dave Powless, G, Kansas City (15th)
1966 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 Kai Anderson, C, Miami (11th), redshirt

AAFC Draft Picks
1947 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 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 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)
(updated 4/2013)
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