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April 26, 2012
One and possibly two Irish players will be selected in the first round Thursday night during the annual NFL draft in New York's Radio City Music Hall - wide receiver Michael Floyd and safety Harrison Smith. Here's a quick recap of Irish players in the draft through the years.
Number of first-round NFL draft choices in Notre Dame history: 60
Last overall No. 1 selection: DE-Walt Patulski by the Buffalo Bills in 1972.
Overall No. 1 selections: In addition to Patulski?QB/RB-Paul Hornung by the Green Bay Packers in 1957, E-Leon Hart by the Detroit Lions in 1950, QB-Frank Dancewicz by the Boston Yanks in 1946, QB-Angelo Bertelli by Boston in 1944.
We're No. 2: Notre Dame has had seven players selected as the No. 2 overall pick. The last one was QB-Rick Mirer by the Seattle Seahawks in 1993. Prior to that, it was DT-Steve Niehaus by Seattle in 1976, DT-Mike McCoy by Green Bay in 1970, OT-George Kunz by the Atlanta Falcons in 1969, QB-George Izo by the Chicago Cardinals in 1960, T-Art Hunter by Green Bay in 1954, and QB-Bob Williams by the Chicago Bears in 1951.
Most first-round selections: Four in 1993 - Rick Mirer (No. 2) by the Seattle Seahawks, RB-Jerome Bettis (No. 10) by the Los Angeles Rams, CB-Tommy Carter (No. 17) by the Washington Redskins, and TE-Irv Smith (No. 20) by the New Orleans Saints.
Four in 1946 -- QB-Frank Dancewicz (No. 1) by the Boston Yanks, QB-Johnny Lujack (No. 4) by the Chicago Bears, T-George Connor (No. 5) by the New York Giants and RB-Emil Sitko (No. 10) by the Los Angeles Rams.
Last player selected in the first round: QB-Brady Quinn by the Cleveland Browns (No. 22) in 2007.
Last time Notre Dame had at least two players selected in the first round: 1994 - DL-Bryant Young (San Francisco, No. 7), OG-Aaron Taylor (Green Bay, No. 16) and FS-Jeff Burris (Buffalo, No. 27).
Last top 10 pick: DL-Bryant Young by San Francisco (No. 7) in 1994.
Last wide receiver selected in the first round: Tim Brown, by the Los Angeles Raiders (No. 6) in 1988.
Last safety selected in the first round: Jeff Burris, by the Buffalo Bills (No. 27) in 1994.
Last offensive lineman drafted in the first round: C-Jeff Faine, by the Cleveland Browns (No. 21) in 2003.
Last defensive lineman drafted in the first round: Renaldo Wynn, by the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 21) in 1997.
Last running back drafted in the first round: Jerome Bettis, by the Los Angeles Rams (No. 10) in 1993.
Last tight end drafted in the first round: Irv Smith, by the New Orleans Saints (No. 20) in 1993.
Last linebacker drafted in the first round: Bob Crable, by the New York Jets (No. 23) in 1982.
?Last linebacker drafted: Courtney Watson, second round (No. 60), by the New Orleans Saints in 2004.
?Last running back drafted: Julius Jones, second round (No. 43) by the Dallas Cowboys in 2004.
Most players drafted in first seven rounds since Lou Holtz: Seven in 2007, 2003 and 1999.
Most players drafted in first seven rounds during the Holtz era: Ten in 1994.
Last time Notre Dame didn't have a player drafted: 1977.
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