UConn’s 6-6, 261-pound tight end Ryan Griffin of Londonderry was drafted in the sixth round (201st overall) by the Houston Texans last weekend. Below is the history of local athletes in the NFL draft.
Former draft picks
Zak DeOssie, North Andover/Phillips, 4th round/116th pick, 2007; Wayne Lucier, Salem/St. John’s, 7th round/249, 2003; Rob Konrad, North Andover/St. John’s, 2nd round/43, 1999; Steve Doig, North Reading, 3rd round/69, 1982; Ray Preston, Lawrence, 11th round/295, 1976; Dave Rozumek, Lawrence, 15th round/415, 1976; Bob Shann, North Andover, 20th round/272, 1965;
Also Eugene “Bear” Carrington, Haverhill, 9th round/123, 1963; Jack Moynihan, Central Catholic/Lawrence, 12th round/165, 1961; Pat Burke, Lawrence, 11th round/133, 1957; Louis Lovely, Haverhill, 23rd round/266, 1957; Bill Quinlan, Lawrence, 3rd round/37, 1956; Bob Lovely, Haverhill, 9th round/101, 1956; and Gene Goudreault, Haverhill, 2nd round/15, 1941
Third Long in NFL
My two favorite NFL first round stories are Oregon lineman Kyle Long and Oklahoma lineman Lane Johnson. Long, the son of Hall of Famer Howie and brother of Rams star Chris, was a 6-8, 290-pound pitcher at Florida State who was drafted in the 23rd round out of high school. But he admittedly partied more than studied and quit FSU and baseball before playing a game.
The 6-6, 303-pound Johnson was a quarterback in high school and Kilgore Junior College.
Sooner or later
Oklahoma will have a jumbo QB this year in 6-6, 263-pound Blake Bell, who has rarely passed the last two years (10 for 20) but has rushed for 24 TDs, most from in close.
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Pelham baseball star Alex Newton’s grandfather, Fred Newton, taught Jerry Remy at Somerset (Mass.) High.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones was drafted 115th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers. That probably doesn’t impress his wife. Earlier in the month, Sooners basketball star Whitney Hand Jones was taken 32nd overall in the WNBA draft.