Six Cardinals selected in NFL Draft

The University of Louisville football team placed a school record six players in the NFL College Draft, which ended Sunday afternoon in New York City.

The Cardinals were only one of seven schools in the country to have six players drafted in the seven rounds of the draft. Oklahoma led the way with 10, followed by Florida State with nine, Virginia and Wisconsin with seven, and Georgia, Stanford and Louisville all with six.

After Eric Shelton was the lone Louisville player drafted on the first day, the Cardinals had five other players selected in rounds four through seven.

Quarterback Stefan LeFors was the first Cardinal taken on Sunday. He was the 20th pick in the fourth round by the Carolina Panthers and the 121st overall. He will join Shelton, who was also drafted by the Panthers in the second round. Lefors, the Conference USA Co-Offensive Player of the Year, threw for 2,596 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, while completing a nation's best 73.5 percent of his throws.

Safety Kerry Rhodes was taken two picks later in the fourth round by the New York Jets. He was the 22nd pick in the fourth rond and the 123rd overall selection. The product of Bessemer, Ala. was a first team All-League selection after leading the Cardinals with six interceptions.

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Linebacker Robert McCune was taken in the fifth round by the Washington Redskins. The 6-3, 245-pound backer was the 18th selection in the fifth round and 154th pick overall. McCune, a two-time team captain, led the Cardinals in tackles a year ago with 115.

The seventh round saw a pair of Cardinals go late in the draft. Running back Lionel Gates was taken as the 22nd pick in the last round by the Buffalo Bills and senior wide receiver J.R. Russell was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 39th pick in that round and the 253rd of the draft. Gates saw limited action late in the season due to injuries, but still rushed for 373 yards and seven touchdowns, while Russell caught 73 passes for 938 yards.

The six Cardinals drafted were most in school history. U of L had four players drafted four other times.

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