April 24, 2013
RUSTON, La. - The pundits have had their say but starting Thursday night former Louisiana Tech players will begin to find out what logos will be on their new helmets as the 2013 NFL Draft begins from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The question this year isn't if a Tech player will be taken but how many and how high in the draft will they go?
Only twice in the last decade as Louisiana Tech produced multiple NFL draftees in a single year but the 2013 NFL Draft could mark the first time since 1993 that more than two Bulldogs' names will be called out by the NFL Commissioner.
Round 1 is 7 p.m. Thursday from New York and Rounds 2 and 3 begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Rounds 4-7 begin at noon on Saturday.
Leading the charge for the former Bulldogs this year is "General" Quinton Patton, a second team All-America receiver in 2012. Patton is projected to be selected in the first two rounds. The La Vergne, Tenn. native could become the first Bulldog selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since Troy Edwards was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 13th overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft.
Offensive tackle Jordan Mills is also looking to be drafted and has a chance at being called in the top 100 of this year's draft.
Mills and Patton were two of the five Louisiana Tech players that were invited to the 2013 NFL Combine in Indianapolis last February. The five invites for Louisiana Tech marked more NFL Combine invites than Michigan and Texas combined.
Allen, a 2012 unanimous All-America selection, became the first punter to receive back-to-back Ray Guy Awards.
Cameron was the second Louisiana Tech player to receive a national award in 2012, winning the Sammy Baugh Award. The Newbury Park, Calif. native set an NCAA record with 444 career consecutive passes without an interception.
Overall Louisiana Tech has had 66 former players selected in the NFL Draft including tackle Barron Rollins selection in the 1994 NFL Expansion Draft.
The highest a Louisiana Tech player has been selected was in 1970 when former Tech signal caller Terry Bradshaw was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bradshaw went on to win four Super Bowl rings with the Steelers.
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