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)
|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