Rutgers Gets First Ever 1st Round Pick

It's a good day to be a Scarlet Knight. Kenny Britt has become the first ever football player from Rutgers University to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Rutgers All-American wide receiver was the 30th selection in this year's draft and will make his new home in Tennessee with the Titans. Britt is the 6th Scarlet Knight to have been drafted in the past 3 seasons.

Things are obviously moving in the right direction for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Kenny Britt is the second player under Greg Schiano to have declared early for the NFL draft and the first ever to be selected in the 1st round. The Tennessee Titans selected the All-America WR with the 30th pick in the first round.

"The Tennessee Titans are getting a tremendous person and player in Kenny Britt," said Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano. "Kenny proved to be one of the nation's best college receivers and I'm sure he will have continued success as he makes the transition to the NFL. We are all very excited for Kenny and his family."

Things were not looking good early on when the Raiders shocked the world by deciding to select Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland with the 7th selection, seemingly bumping Britt into the second round.

Then, the Dolphins whom many people believed would select Britt ended up picking CB Vontae Davis of Illinois.

The Giants, in demand for a wide receiver and who according to several prognosticators were to select Britt had he still been available, then selected Hakeem Nicks.

Then something interesting happened. If you were paying close attention, when the pick got handed in, if you read the lips of the administrator, you could see him whisper two words all too familiar to Scarlet Knight fans ... Kenny Britt. And that would be all she wrote.

Britt became an elite player at Rutgers and left as one of the most decorated players in Big East conference history. In only 3 years, he has become the Big East All-Time leading receiver in yards and also tied Larry Fitzgerald for first with 14 100-yard games.

In, 2008 Britt also led the big East in receiving yards (1,371) and receptions (87). Though only a Junior, he leaves Rutgers as their All-Time leader in receiving yards (3,043), consecutive 100-yard games (5, in 2008), career TD catches (17), single season reception yards (1,371), and single season receptions (87).

"We knew as our program grew, this day would come," added Schiano. "Having Kenny drafted in the first round is an exciting honor for both him and our entire program."


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