Former Illini DL Will Davis was drafted today by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round.
April 26, 2009
Former University of Illinois football players Xavier Fulton and Will Davis had their names called today in the second day of the National Football League Draft. Fulton was selected in the fifth round with the 155th pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Davis was a sixth-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals. In addition to those two, Brit Miller, Derek Walker, David Lindquist and Ryan McDonald signed free-agent contracts.
Fulton converted from the defensive line to offensive tackle and earned All-Big Ten honors in both seasons as a starter. During those two years, the Illini offense posted over 5,000-yards of total offense and led the Big Ten in rushing (2007) and passing (2008).
"It is an amazing feeling to know that I will be playing professional football," Fulton said. "It's all very overwhelming. I was real nervous today. I had to shut off the television for awhile."
Davis spent the last three seasons as a starter on the defensive line and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2007. In three years on the defensive side, he racked up 15 quarterback sacks, which ranks ninth in Illinois history.
"I didn't go as early as I wanted to, but from the beginning I've been praying that I go the right team and I feel like I went to the right team," Davis said. "They were one of the teams that I was looking at. I have the same agent as Kurt Warner. I know I am going to a good team and will have a good team around me. They went to Super Bowl last year, so you know it is a good team. I look forward to the future now. It was a tough wait today. I wasn't even watching for a lot of the time, but now I know I have a lot to prove. I just need to go in there and do my thing."
Walker was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick last season and finished his Illini career with 14.5 quarterback sacks, which ranks 10th in the Illinois record books. Miller, a 2008 first-team All-Big Ten selection, led the conference in tackles. Lindquist started 27 games at Illinois at defensive tackle and led the Big Ten in fumble recoveries in 2006. McDonald was a four-year starter for Illinois breaking the school record for starts in a career. He twice earned second-team All-Big Ten honors.