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NFL Draft: The Latest “First” from the Position to go in the Draft

Posted by Andrew McKillop on April 29, 2011

The NFL Network announced during their coverage of the NFL draft tonight, that when RB Mark Ingram was selected with the 28th pick by the New Orleans Saints, it marked the latest selection in which a RB first went in the modern draft. Previously RB Greg Bell held the distinction, when he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1984 draft with the 26th selection. Checkout the table below to see the latest other positions have first been selected in the modern draft (since 1967).

Legend: Pos (Position), Rnd (Round)

Pos Year Pick Rnd Player Team
QB 1988 68 3 Tom Tupa Phoenix Cardinals
RB 2011 28 1 Mark Ingram New Orleans Saints
WR 2008 33 2 Donnie Avery St. Louis Rams
T 1970 21 1 Bob McKay Cleveland Browns
G 2009 51 2 Andy Levitre Buffalo Bills
C 2008 107 4 Cody Wallace San Francisco 49ers
DE 1983 23 1 Jim Jeffcoat Dallas Cowboys
DT 1980 3 73 Steve McMichael New England Patriots
LB 1973 2 40 Brad Van Pelt New York Giants
DB 1974 2 50 Bill Simpson Los Angeles Rams



Interesting note: Although originally selected as a QB, Tom Tupa would go on to become one of the most consistent performing punters in the NFL.


Reference: Pro-Football-Reference Draft Finder

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