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Shane Ray Drafted 23rd Overall by Denver

Tiger defensive end becomes Mizzou’s seventh first rounder since 2009.

CHICAGO, Ill. – Mizzou junior defensive end and reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year Shane Ray (Kansas City, Mo.) was selected with the No. 23 overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos on Thursday (April 30).

Ray becomes the seventh Mizzou standout since 2009 to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, joining DL Sheldon Richardson (No. 13 to the New York Jets in 2013), DL Aldon Smith (No. 7 to San Francisco in 2011), QB Blaine Gabbert (No. 10 to Jacksonville in 2011), LB Sean Weatherspoon (No. 19 to Atlanta in 2010), WR Jeremy Maclin (No. 19 to Philadelphia in 2009) and DT Ziggy Hood (No. 32 to Pittsburgh in 2009). Ray continues the trend of defensive lineman taking their careers in the NFL, becoming the sixth defensive lineman under Craig Kuligowski to be drafted since 2009.

Ray is the 19th Tiger in history to be taken in the NFL Draft’s first round. Prior to tonight’s draft, Mizzou ranked among the top five programs nationally in first round NFL Draft picks since 2009. Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel has now seen 27 players drafted since taking over the program in 2001. Below is a rundown of Mizzou’s draft picks.

Ray is coming off of a stellar junior season that saw him earn consensus First Team All-America honors after breaking Mizzou’s single-season sacks record with 14.5 on the year. He also added 22.5 tackles-for-loss. He was dubbed the SEC Defensive Player of the Year by both the Associated Press and the league’s 14 coaches, and additionally he was a four-time SEC weekly award winner. Ray was also a finalist for the Hendricks Award, given to the nation’s top DE and was also a semifinalist for the Lombardi and Bednarik Awards. He led the SEC in sacks and tackles-for-loss, ranking in the top five nationally in both categories.

Rounds two and three of the NFL Draft will be held Friday evening, beginning at 6 p.m. (CT) in Chicago on ESPN, as several more Tiger hopefuls will look to hear their names called. For all the latest on Mizzou football, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouFootball.

First Round History 

Year        Round    Pick         Overall   Tiger                                       Team                      Position
2015       1              23           23           Shane Ray                              Broncos                 DL
2013       1              13           13           Sheldon Richardson            Jets                         DL
2011       1              7              7              Aldon Smith                          49ers                      DE
2011       1              10           10           Blaine Gabbert                     Jaguars                   QB
2010       1              19           19           Sean Weatherspoon           Falcons                   LB
2009       1              19           19           Jeremy Maclin                      Eagles                     WR
2009       1              32           32           Ziggy Hood                            Steelers                 DL
2001       1              4              4              Justin Smith                           Bengals                  DE
1987       1              15           15           John Clay                               Raiders                   T
1981       1              26           26           Howard Richards                  Cowboys                T
1979       1              13           13           Kellen Winslow                    Chargers                TE
1977       1              11           11           Morris Towns                        Oilers                     T
1977       1              19           19           Steve Pisarkiewicz               Cardinals                QB
1971       1              11           11           Joe Moore                             Bears                      RB
1969       1              19           19           Roger Wehrli                        Cardinals                DB
1968       1              4              4              Russ Washington Chargers                               T
1966       1              10           10           Francis Peay                          Giants                     T
1946       1              8              8              Bill Dellastatious                   Lions                       B
1943       1              9              9              Bob Steuber                          Bears                      RB

 

Here’s a recap of all of the NFL Draft picks to play for Gary Pinkel at Mizzou…

 

Year        Round    Pick         Overall   Tiger                                      Team                      Position
2014       2              28           60           Kony Ealy                               Panthers                DL
2014       2              32           64           Justin Britt                             Seahwaks               OL
2014       6              12           188         E.J. Gaines                              Rams                       DB
2014       7              34           249         Michael Sam                         Rams                       DL
2013       1              13           13           Sheldon Richardson            Jets                         DL
2012       3              15           78           Michael Egnew                     Dolphins                TE
2011       1              7              7              Aldon Smith                          49ers                      DE
2011       1              10           10            Blaine Gabbert                    Jaguars                   QB
2011       7              31           234         Andrew Gachkar                  Chargers                LB
2010       1              19           19           Sean Weatherspoon           Falcons                  LB
2009       1              19           19           Jeremy Maclin                      Eagles                     WR
2009       1              32           32           Ziggy Hood                            Steelers                 DL
2009       2              23           55           William Moore                     Falcons                   S
2009       3              34           98           Chase Coffman                     Bengals                  TE
2009       5              3              139         Colin Brown                          Chiefs                     OL
2009       6              26           199         Stryker Sulak                         Raiders                   DL
2008       4              6              105         Will Franklin                          Chiefs                     WR
2008       4              12           111         Martin Rucker                      Browns                   TE
2007       4              16           113         Brian Smith                            Jaguars                   DE
2006       4              6              103         Brad Smith                             Jets                         WR
2006       7              35           243         Tony Palmer                          Rams                       G
2005       3              25           89           Atiyyah Ellison                      Panthers                DT
2005       5              6              142         Damien Nash                         Titans                      RB
2005       6              17           191         C.J. Mosley                            Vikings                    DT
2003       5              8              143         Justin Gage                            Bears                      WR
2003       6              41           214          Keith Wright                        Texans                    DT