Orange Bowl

Making the Jump

 
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Clemson DE Andre Branch was one of 34 Orange Bowl veterans drafted to the NFL.
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Miami Lakes, FL(www.orangebowl.org) – Highlighted by first overall selection Andrew Luck, 34 players who were hosted by the Orange Bowl were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. Including the five first round draftees in 2012, the Orange Bowl has now hosted 257 players who were later selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The 2012 NFL Draft was held April 26-28 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The Indianapolis Colts made Luck, the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl, the 15th player hosted by the Orange Bowl to be selected with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. In addition to Luck, West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin (2012 Orange Bowl) was selected 15th by Seattle, Iowa’s Riley Reiff (2010 OB) was picked 23rd by Detroit, Stanford’s David DeCastro (2011 OB) was selected 24th by Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech’s David Wilson was selected with the final pick in the first round, 32nd, by the New York Giants.

Luck and DeCastro were two of the four Stanford Cardinals drafted this year. The Colts also selected Coby Fleener with the 34th pick. Jonathan Martin will return to Sun Life Stadium, the site of Stanford’s 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl, after being drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the 42nd pick.

Virginia Tech, Stanford’s opponent in the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl, had three players drafted, including New York’s first round pick, Wilson. Jayron Hosley will join Wilson on the Giants after being selected 94th.

Including West Virginia’s Irvin, seven players from the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl heard their names called during the 2012 NFL Draft. Irvin was the first of three Mountaineers drafted while Clemson boasted four draft picks. Clemson’s Dwayne Allen, the 2012 Mackey Award winner, joins Luck and Fleener in Indianapolis after being selected 64th by the Colts.

Seven players hosted during the 2010 Orange Bowl between Iowa and Georgia Tech were selected, highlighted by Reiff’s selection in the first round. Including Reiff, the Hawkeyes had six players drafted while Stephen Hill was Georgia Tech’s only draftee. Hill was picked 43rd by the New York Jets.

Nine players hosted by the Orange Bowl during the 2009 BCS National Championship Game were selected. Oklahoma had six players selected, including a pair by the Detroit Lions (the Lions also selected OU’s Ronnell Lewis, but Lewis was not a member of OU’s 2009 team). Three members of Florida’s National Championship team were drafted, including Janoris Jenkins who transferred to North Alabama following the 2010 season. Additionally, four players from the Cincinnati Bearcats team that played in the 2009 Orange Bowl were drafted in 2012.

The Orange Bowl’s partner, the Atlantic Coast Conference, had 15 of the first 100 players taken, and tied with the PAC-12 Conference for the second-highest total among all conferences in the top 100, behind only the Southeastern Conference (17). The SEC led all conferences in overall selections with 42 players chosen in the draft, followed by the Big Ten with 41 and the ACC with 31.

The 2013 Discover Orange Bowl will be played on January 1, 2013 and the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game will be played on January 7, 2013. Both games will be played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. For ticket information for the Discover Orange Bowl, BCS National Championship Game and all Orange Bowl Festival events, please contact 305-341-4701 or log on to www.orangebowl.org.

 

The complete list of players hosted by the Orange Bowl in the 2012 NFL Draft:

CLEMSON - 2012 Orange Bowl

 

 

 

 

PLAYER

POSITION

ROUND

PICK

DRAFTED BY

Andre Branch

DE

2

38

Jacksonville

Dwayne Allen

TE

3

64

Indianapolis

Brandon Thompson

DT

3

93

Cincinnati

Coty Sensabaugh

CB

4

115

Tennessee

WEST VIRGINIA - 2012 Orange Bowl

Bruce Irvin

OLB

1

15

Seattle

Najee Goode

ILB

5

140

Tampa Bay

Keith Tandy

CB

6

174

Tampa Bay

STANFORD - 2011 Orange Bowl

Andrew Luck

QB

1

1

Indianapolis

David DeCastro

OG

1

24

Pittsburgh

Coby Fleener

TE

2

34

Indianapolis

Jonathan Martin

OT

2

42

Miami

VIRGINIA TECH - 2011 Orange Bowl

David Wilson

RB

1

32

NY Giants

Jayron Hosley

CB

3

94

NY Giants

Danny Coale

WR

5

152

Dallas

GEORGIA TECH - 2010 Orange Bowl

Stephen Hill

WR

2

43

NY Jets

IOWA - 2010 Orange Bowl

Riley Reiff

OT

1

23

Detroit

Mike Daniels

DT

4

132

Green Bay

Adam Gettis

OG

5

141

Washington

Shaun Prater

CB

5

156

Cincinnati

Marvin McNutt

WR

6

194

Philadelphia

Jordan Bernstine

DB

7

217

Washington

FLORIDA - 2009 BCS National Championship Game

Janoris Jenkins (North Alabama)

CB

2

39

St. Louis

Jaye Howard

DT

4

114

Seattle

Chris Rainey

RB

5

159

Pittsburgh

OKLAHOMA - 2009 BCS National Championship Game

Ryan Broyles

WR

2

54

Detroit

Donald Stephenson

OT

3

74

Kansas City

Jamell Fleming

CB

3

80

Arizona

Frank Alexander

DE

4

103

Carolina

James Hanna

TE

6

186

Dallas

Travis Lewis

OLB

7

223

Detroit

CINCINNATI - 2009 Orange Bowl

Derek Wolfe

DT

2

36

Denver

Isaiah Pead

RB

2

50

St. Louis

John Hughes

DT

3

87

Cleveland

Adrien Robinson

TE

4

127

NY Giants

 

 

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