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Kentucky NFL Draft notes and numbers

— Coach Mark Stoops’ steady building of a program with the mantra “recruit and develop” continues to bear fruit.  UK’s best season on the field in 41 years (10-3 record) is being surpassed on the NFL Draft board. For the first time in school history, Kentucky has a player drafted in each of the first four rounds. The only other schools to accomplish that feat in this year’s draft are Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

— UK’s five draft picks are the most since eight players (James Ramsey, Jim Kovach, Kelly Kirchbaum, Rod Stewart, Bob Winkel, Robert Hawkins, Dan Fowler and David Stephens) were chosen in 1979.

— Allen is UK’s highest draft pick since Dewayne Robertson was selected as the fourth pick by the Jets in 2003.

— Allen is the 11th player in UK history chosen in the top 10 and the first since Dewayne Robertson was selected as the fourth pick by the Jets in 2003.

— Allen is the sixth player drafted under head coach Mark Stoops at Kentucky and the second first-round pick, joining Bud Dupree (Pittsburgh Steelers) in 2015.

— Since 2001, Stoops has now recruited and developed 12 first-round draft picks.

— Kentucky has had a linebacker drafted in five of the last eight NFL drafts (2019 – Josh Allen, 2016 – Josh Forrest, 2015 – Bud Dupree, 2015 – Za’Darius Smith, 2014 – Avery Williamson).

— There have been two other Wildcats who have played for the Jaguars’ franchise in Marlon McCree (2001-03) and Winston Guy (2013-14).

— Lonnie Johnson Jr. was taken with the 22nd pick, the 54th overall of the 2019 Draft. Johnson is the first Kentucky player drafted by Houston since the franchise was founded in 2002. 

— Two Wildcats have played for the Texans, including safety Marlon McCree (2003-04) and quarterback Shane Boyd (2007).

— Johnson is the first UK cornerback taken in the draft since Trevard Lindley in 2010.

— Mike Edwards was the 35th pick of the third round, 99th overall. Edwards is the first Wildcat taken by the Buccaneers since James Whalen in the 2000 draft. Wildcats who have played for Tampa Bay include defensive end Don Fielder (1985), linebacker Cam Jacobs (1987), defensive end James Ramey (1987), kicker Ken Willis (1992), linebacker Jeff Brady (1994), safety Melvin Johnson (1995-97) and safety Reggie Rusk (1996-97).

— Edwards is the first UK safety taken since Winston Guy in 2012.

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