Placekicker Neil Rackers, Illinois' single-season scoring record holder, was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.
April 16, 2000
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- University of Illinois football players Neil Rackers and Danny Clark were selected in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively, of the 2000 National Football League Draft held this weekend in New York at Madison Square Garden.
With the third pick in the sixth round (169th overall), Illinois placekicker Neil Rackers was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals. Rackers ended his Illini career with the single-season scoring record of 110 points scored this season. His perfect record of 44-of-44 in extra point attempts was also a school record for most in a season and accuracy. Rackers also was 20-of-26 in field goal attempts, including two 50-yarders this season. Rackers was highly touted for his leg strength, after booting 47-of-78 kickoffs into the endzone.
"I am happy for Neil (Rackers). I think he will have a strong career in the NFL," head coach Ron Turner said. "He has a great leg and will be very good for Cincinnati. He now needs to go in and compete for a spot on the Bengal roster."
In the seventh round, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected linebacker Danny Clark with the 39th pick (245th overall). Clark was an honorable mention all-Big Ten pick in 1999 after leading his team in tackles with 119 this season. He posted 11 tackles for loss, including three sacks.
"Danny (Clark) has a great opportunity to go into a organization in Jacksonville that has an outstanding football team," Turner said. " I was very surprised that he lasted as long as he did, but right now that doesn't matter. All that matters is what he does for himself in camp and the NFL."