One, two, three, no Beavs selected

The NFL draft can be a monotonous event. You only have to tune into ESPN to see the weathered expressions and hear the stumbling vernacular of Chris Berman and crew after 12 plus hours on air to prove it. Oregon State has a shot at getting four players drafted, with several other signing free agent contracts, but for the first time in four years an Oregon State player did not get selected during the first three rounds.

Wide receiver Chad Johnson was selected in the second round during the 2001 draft, linebacker James Allen was selected in the third round of the 2002 draft, while Nick Barnett and Steven Jackson were selected in the first round of the 2003 and 2004 drafts, respectively.

In OSU’s 111-years of playing football, 129 Beaver football players have been drafted to the National Football League. The most players Oregon State has had drafted was six in 1967. Two years (1969, 1946) five players have been selected, while four players have been drafted 11 times. (2004, 2001, 1975, 1972, 1970, 1965, 1952, 1950, 1944, 1943, 1941). The Beavers have had no players drafted only ten times since the drafts inception in 1936.

A clear sign that Oregon State is producing better football players is the number of players that have been drafted since the turn of the century, 12. During the nineties, the NFL drafted just eight players.  The last time zero Beaver players got drafted was in 2000, but four players signed free agent contracts.  The last time zero players got drafted or signed free agent contracts was in 1995.

While some of the hoopla has died down, the real excitement for Beaver fans will begin Sunday as the later rounds get underway. Derek Anderson, Brandon Browner, Mitch Meeuwsen and Bill Swancutt should all get selected.


OSU Draft Selections

Year Player Team Round Overall Pick
2004 Steven Jackson St. Louis First 24
  Dwan Edwards Baltimore Second 51
  Tim Ehus Buffalo Fourth 109
  Richard Seigler San Francisco Fourth 127
2003 Nick Barnett Green Bay First 29
  Dennis Weathersby Cincinnati Fourth 98
  James Lee Green Bay Fifth 147
2002 James Allen New Orleans Third 82
2001 Chad Johnson Cincinnati Second 36
  DeLawrence Grant Oakland Third 89
  Mitch White New Orleans Sixth 185
  T.J. Houshmanzadeh Cincinnati Seventh 204
2000 None      

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