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NFL Draft features 14 former NJCAA student-athletes
 April 30, 2013

At the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft, 14 former NJCAA student-athletes were selected to continue their football career at the next level. The first round saw five former NJCAA players taken, highlighted by fourth overall pick Lane Johnson out of Kilgore College (Texas).

Johnson (right) was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night as an offensive tackle, despite playing quarterback and tight end at Kilgore. As a Ranger, Johnson was 32-for-61 passing for 510 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson also rushed for 24 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries during the 2008 season. Following his lone season at Kilgore, Johnson moved on to Oklahoma where he switched to defensive end in 2010 before transitioning to the offensive line in 2011. In 2012, Johnson started 11 games at left tackle and was named second-team All-Big 12 by the coaches.

Overcoming incredible odds, former Navarro College (Texas) defensive back D.J. Hayden was drafted with the 12th overall pick by the Oakland Raiders. After transferring from Navarro to Houston, Hayden’s chest was struck by another player’s knee in practice last November, tearing his inferior vena cava (IVC) – the largest vein in the human body which is responsible for carrying blood from the lower body back to the heart. Despite undergoing emergency, life-saving surgery just five months ago, Hayden has made a complete recovery and was the second defensive back selected in the draft. In his sophomore season at Navarro, Hayden intercepted three passes and helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2010 national championship.

Former Snow College (Utah) defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 14th overall pick in the draft. In one season with the Badgers, Lotulelei recorded 52 tackles – 14 for a loss – and three sacks. Following his time at Snow, Lotulelei transferred to Utah where he earned first-team All-Pac 12 honors in 2011 and 2012 and was named a first-team All-American last season.

Taken with the 28th overall pick in the NFL Draft, former Coffeyville Community College (Kan.) defensive tackle Sylvester Williams will suit up for the Denver Broncos next season. In 2010, Williams earned honorable mention All-America honors with the Red Ravens after recording 52 tackles – 12.5 for a loss – and two sacks. Williams departed Coffeyville for North Carolina where he was named a first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2012.

Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson – from Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) – was selected with the 29th overall pick in the draft by the Minnesota Vikings. A two-time NJCAA All-American, Patterson quickly became one of the nation’s deadliest return specialists as a freshman at Hutchinson. In his sophomore season, Patterson was named the 2011 Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Offensive Player of the Year after compiling 61 catches for 924 yards and 15 touchdowns. Following his career as a Blue Dragon, Patterson advanced to Tennessee where he earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in his lone season as a Volunteer.

Three NJCAA schools – Coffeyville, Kilgore and Mississippi Gulf Coast – had two former student-athletes selected in the draft. The San Francisco 49ers brought home the most NJCAA talent, drafting three former student-athletes. This year’s draft also featured a former NJCAA player taken in each of its seven rounds.

Below is a complete list of former NJCAA student-athletes selected in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Round

Pick (Ovr)

Player

NJCAA School (Years Played)

Pos.

NCAA School

NFL Team

1

4 (4)

Lane Johnson

Kilgore (2008)

OT

Oklahoma

Philadelphia Eagles

1

12 (12)

D.J. Hayden

Navarro (2009-10)

CB

Houston

Oakland Raiders

1

14 (14)

Star Lotulelei

Snow (2008)

DT

Utah

Carolina Panthers

1

28 (28)

Sylvester Williams

Coffeyville (2009-10)

DT

North Carolina

Denver Broncos

1

29 (29)

Cordarrelle Patterson

Hutchinson (2010-11)

WR

Tennessee

Minnesota Vikings

2

4 (36)

Darius Slay

Itawamba (2009-10)

CB

Mississippi State

Detroit Lions

2

8 (40)

Cornellius Carradine

Butler (2009-10)

DE

Florida State

San Francisco 49ers

3

20 (82)

John Jenkins

Mississippi Gulf Coast (2009-10)

DT

Georgia

New Orleans Saints

4

31 (128)

Quinton Patton

Coffeyville (2009-10)

WR

Louisiana Tech

San Francisco 49ers

5

4 (137)

Jesse Williams

Arizona Western (2009-10)

DT

Alabama

Seattle Seahawks

5

24 (157)

Quinton Dial

East Mississippi (2009-10)

DE

Alabama

San Francisco 49ers

6

15 (183)

Rufus Johnson

Kilgore (2009-10)

DE

Tarleton State

New Orleans Saints

7

11 (217)

Armonty Bryant

Cisco (2009)

DE

East Central (OK)

Cleveland Browns

7

44 (250)

Don Jones

Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010)

S

Arkansas State

Miami Dolphins




Photos courtesy of  Snow College, Coffeyville Community College, Hutchinson Community College and Rick Gray/The Flare.





























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