Six Buffs Picked In NFL Draft

(Brown / AP:  Heading to Tennessee)

Once again the University of Colorado made its pressence known during the NFL draft this weekend. While Bronco fans are not thrilled that former Buff Tyler Brayton was drafted by the hated Oakland Raiders, they are happy for the CU star.

Here are some news and notes from the draft regarding the CU football team.

--Colorado had six players selected in the 2003 National Football League draft, led by DT Tyler Brayton, the final pick of the first round by the Oakland Raiders (32nd overall). He was the first Buffalo defender to be selected in the first round in 10 years, dating back to 1993, when the Pittsburgh Steelers selected CB Deon Figures and the Philadelphia Eagle took DT Leonard Renfro.

--The six Buffs selected tied for the most in the Big 12 (with Texas A&M); there were 35 Big 12 players selected overall, as after the half dozen Buffaloes and Aggies being drafted, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas all had four players picked, with Missouri and Texas Tech netting two picks, and Baylor, Iowa State and Oklahoma State one.

--Nationally, Colorado tied for the sixth most players selected; Florida, Miami and Tennessee all had eight players drafted, while Georgia and Notre Dame had seven. Colorado, Florida State, Michigan, Penn State and Texas A&M all had six, and Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Southern California had five.

--The six CU players drafted were the most Buffs in a single draft since 1998, when six were also selected; the only years where more were drafted came in 1946 (8), 1962 (7), 1968 (7), 1972 (7), 1974 (10), 1975 (7), 1976 (11), 1977 (9), 1980 (7) 1991 (9) and 1995 (10).

--With junior TB Chris Brown being selected in the third round by Tennessee, all six Buffaloes who have declared early for the NFL draft have been selected. DT Leonard Renfro ('93), TB Lamont Warren ('94), DT Shannon Clavelle and TB Rashaan Salaam ('95) and CB Ben Kelly ('00) were all juniors as well; Renfro and Salaam were first round picks, Brown joins Kelly as a third round selection, while Warren and Clavelle went in the sixth round.

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