UPDATE: Now that the 2015 NFL Draft is over, the AAU is proud to announce that 79 players were AAU alumni! For a full list of drafted AAU members, see the list below. The following story was posted Friday, May 1st after the first round of the NFL Draft.
Last night, the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft was in Chicago, Illinois at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Thirty-two of the top NCAA Football athletes were chosen to join the professional league. Fifteen of those 32 athletes were former AAU members before they became college stars. Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota (an AAU Sullivan Award semi-finalist) were picked 1 and 2 in the draft, the first time in NFL Draft history that two Heisman winners have gone 1-2.
The third pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars was the first AAU member to be selected. Florida’s Dante Fowler Jr. will join the Jags next year as a linebacker. Immediately following Fowler, Alabama’s Amari Cooper, another AAU alum, was selected by the Oakland Raiders as the fourth pick. Vic Beasley and Ereck Flowers, were picked 8 and 9 by the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants, respectively, to round out the top ten in the NFL Draft.
Picks 13 through 17 were all AAU alumni and the rest were scattered among the picks. Two of the former AAU members, Ereck Flowers and Phillip Dorsett were teammates at the University of Miami and were both drafted in the first round.
The second and third rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft continues tonight on ESPN and the fourth round will be selected on Saturday, May 2nd.
2015 NFL Draft
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