|DJ Pumphrey, Nico Siragusa, Damontae Kazee (Ernie Anderson)|
Three draftees was the most of any Mountain West team, and only 22 schools had more players selected. As AD John David Wicker Tweeted, that’s more than 38 Power 5 schools. And that’s more than Stanford, Arizona and Oregon combined.
A testament to the great program Rocky Long and staff have built.Interesting NFL draft notes: @Aztec_Football had more draftees than 9 @Big12Conference, 10 @bigten, 7 @theACC, 6 @pac12 and 6 @SEC schools!— John David Wicker (@jdwicker) May 1, 2017
The 2017 draft reminded of another great draft, one that seems like just a couple of years ago, but was actually 50 years ago.
The 1967 draft was the first common draft by the NFL and AFL (prior to ’67, each league held their own draft). Eight Aztecs from the College Division National Champs were drafted that year, including QB Don Horn, who was the first Aztec to be selected in the first round (#25), by the Packers.
Four Aztecs were taken in the second round: DE Leo Carroll (Falcons, #31), RB Don Shy (Steelers, #35), DB Bobby Jones (Bears, #36) and DB Bobby Howard (Chargers, #48). WR Nate Johns was taken in the sixth round by the Chargers (#147), DB John Williams by the Eagles in the seventh (#174) and WR Craig Scoggins by the Chargers in the 15th (#381). Eight draftees in one year is still the Aztec record, 50 years later.
There were only 26 pro teams back then. Leo Carroll was the 31st pick; that’s a first round pick in in 2017. Several of those Aztecs had long NFL careers, including Bobby Howard’s 13 seasons (Chargers, Patriots, Eagles), Don Horn’s eight (Packers, Broncos, Chargers) and Don Shy’s seven (Steelers, Saints, Bears, Cardinals).
|Don Horn, Leo Carroll, Don Shy, Bobby Howard|
Congratulations to the 2017 Aztecs in the NFL, and congratulations to the 1966 Aztecs!