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Friday, May 9, 2014

Rutgers has several ties to first-round picks in NFL Draft

(AP photo)
By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

Rutgers is plenty familiar with a quarter of the players — including two quarterbacks — drafted in the three-hour-plus first round of Thursday night's NFL Draft.

Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, taken No. 32 by the Vikings, completed 66 percent of his passes against Rutgers in three seasons, finishing with 695 passing yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. 

A Louisville win in 2012 cost Rutgers a BCS berth.

Central Florida's Blake Bortles, the first quarterback off the board at No. 3 to the Jaguars, threw for 335 yards and totaled two scores on Nov. 21 against Rutgers.

Here's a look at how the other first-round picks fared against Rutgers:

North Carolina's Eric Ebron (No. 10, Lions): one reception, 27 yards in 2011

Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald (No. 13, Rams): seven tackles, three TFLs, one sack in 2012

Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller (No. 14, Bears): six tackles, one TFL, two pass break-ups in 2012

Notre Dame's Zack Martin (No. 16, Cowboys): Paved way for 175 rushing yards, no sacks in 2013

Louisville's Calvin Pryor (No. 18, Jets): 14 tackles, one TFL, one interception in 2013; seven tackles, one fumble recovery, two pass break-ups in 2012; five tackles, 0.5 TFL, one interception in 2011

Louisville's Marcus Smith (No. 26, Eagles): five tackles, three TFLs, three sacks in 2013 

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