Louisville has a record 10 drafted

The University of Louisville football program had a record 10 players taken in he NFL Draft over the weekend, while four other former Cardinals signed free agent contracts. Cardinal Authority has a recap of the draft.

The University of Louisville football program set a record that will be hard to top in the future, getting 10 players taken in the NFL Draft this weekend.

The Cardinals had a first-round pick, three third round picks, a fourth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh for the total of 10.

The 10 selections were the second-most of any school in the country, finishing behind fellow ACC-foe Florida State, which totaled 11.

"What an exciting day for our program," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. "I’m very happy for all the players who were selected over the last three days. To have a total of 10 players drafted, it’s a testament to the hard work these guys put in during their time at Louisville. I wish all these guys the best of luck, and thank them for all their contributions to our program. I look forward to watching them during their NFL careers."

Six of the 10 players taken were picked on Saturday, including tight end Gerald Christian> he was the final pick of the draft by the Arizona Cardinals, a spot that earned Christian the title Mr. Irrelevant, which is given annually to the final NFL selection.

Others taken on Saturday were safety James Sample in the fourth round (No. 104) by the Jacksonville Jaguars; outside linebacker Deiontrez Mount in the sixth round (No. 177) to the Tennessee Titans, cornerback Charles Gaines in the sixth round (No. 189) to the Cleveland Browns; defensive end B.J. Dubose in the sixth round (No. 193) to the Minnesota Vikings; and safety Gerod Holliman in the seventh round (No. 239) to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The total of 10 gives the Cardinals 14 picks in two seasons.

DeVante Parker was taken on Thursday night by the Miami Dolphins with the first pick. Offensive tackle Jamon Brown went to the St. Louis Rams in the third round, linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin to the Jets in the third round and offensive lineman John Miller was also selected in the third round by the Buffalo Bills.

U of L also had four players sign free agent contracts: wide receiver Eli Rogers with the Steelers, long snapper Grant Donovan with the Washington Redskins, offensive lineman Jake Smith with the Cincinnati Bengals and running back Dominique Brown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


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