Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl - NFL Draft Update

The list of National Football League draftees that have participated in the first nine Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls increased by three as a trio of players from the 2010 postseason game were selected in last week’s NFL draft in New York City.

With tackle Kelvin Beachum, defensive back Richard Crawford and projected tight end Taylor Thompson of SMU being selected in last week’s NFL draft, a total of 48 former Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl participants have now been drafted into the NFL. Led by the 12 Cal Bears, players from 10 of the 13 schools that have participated in the first nine Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have had players drafted in the past nine NFL Drafts. Only Air Force, Army and BYU have not had players drafted.

In addition to the Cal “dozen”, eight players from Utah (2006 BHAFB game) have been draft with six from Cincinnati (2004), five from Boise State (2003), four each from TCU (2003) and SMU (2010), three each from Houston (2005, 2008 and 2009) and Kansas (2005), two from Marshall (2004) and one from Tulsa (2006). 

Three former Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl participants were NFL first-round picks, including Kansas defensive back Aqib Talib (2008 draft), and Cal center Alex Mack (2009) and defensive tackle Tyson Alualu (2010). Nine former BHAFB participants were selected in the second-round followed by three in the third-round, six in the fourth-round, eight in the fifth-round, seven in the sixth-round, and 12 in the seventh-round.

Player, School, BHAFB game, Position, Height, Weight, Drafted (team/round/pick/year)

•        Daryn Colledge, Boise State, 2003, T, 6-4, 300, Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 47th pick / 2006
•        Gerald Alexander, Boise State, 2003, DB, 6-0, 210, Detroit Lions / 2nd / 61st pick / 2007
•        Legedu Naanee, Boise State, 2003, WR, 6-2, 225, San Diego Chargers / 5th / 172nd pick / 2007
•        Korey Hall, Boise State, 2003, LB, 6-1, 230, Green Bay Packers / 6th / 192nd pick / 2007
•        Derek Schouman, Boise State, 2003, TE-FB, 6-2, 247, Buffalo Bills / 7th / 222nd pick / 2007

•        Bo Schobel, TCU, 2003, DE, 6-5, 268, Tennessee Titans / 4th / 103rd pick / 2004
•        Anthony Alabi, TCU, 2003, T, 6-5, 315, Miami Dolphins / 5th / 162nd pick / 2005
•        Michael Toudouze, TCU, 2003, G, 6-6, 302, Indianapolis Colts / 5th / 162nd pick / 2006
•        Herbert Taylor, TCU, 2003, T, 6-4, 282, Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 196th pick / 2007

•        Trent Cole, Cincinnati, 2004, DE-LB, 6-3, 270, Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 146th pick / 2005
•        Tyjuan Hagler, Cincinnati, 2004, LB, 6-0, 236, Indianapolis Colts / 5th / 173rd pick / 2005
•        Daven Holly, Cincinnati, 2004, DB, 5-10, 186, San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 215th pick / 2005
•        John Bowie, Cincinnati, 2004, DB, 5-11, 186, Oakland Raiders / 4th / 110th pick / 2007
•        Brent Celek, Cincinnati, 2004, TE, 6-4, 261, Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 162nd pick / 2007
•        Haruki Nakamura, Cincinnati, 2004, DB, 5-10, 190, Baltimore Ravens / 6th / 206th pick / 2008

•        Jonathan Goddard, Marshall, 2004, DE, 6-0, 242, Detroit Lions / 6th / 206th pick / 2005
•        Ahmad Bradshaw, Marshall, 2004, RB, 5-11, 195, New York Giants / 7th / 250th pick / 2007

•        Kevin Kolb, Houston, 2005, QB, 6-3, 218, Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 36th pick / 2007
•        Donnie Avery, Houston, 2005, WR, 5-11, 186, St. Louis Rams / 2nd / 33rd pick / 2008
•        Sebastian Vollmer, Houston, 2008, T, 6-8, 315, New England Patriots / 2nd / 58th pick / 2009

•        Aqib Talib, Kansas, 2005, DB, 6-2, 202, Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 20th pick / 2008
•        Anthony Collins, Kansas, 2005, T, 6-6, 308, Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 112th pick / 2008
•        Derek Fine, Kansas, 2005, TE, 6-2, 250, Buffalo Bills / 4th / 132nd pick / 2008

•        Chris Chamberlain, Tulsa, 2006, DB, 6-2, 226, St. Louis Rams / 7th / 228th pick / 2008

•        Eric Weddle, Utah, 2006, DB, 5-11, 203, San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 37th pick / 2007
•        Paul Soliai, Utah, 2006, DT, 6-4, 344, Miami Dolphins / 4th / 108th pick / 2007
•        Sean Smith, Utah, 2006, DB, 6-2, 215, Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 61st pick / 2009
•        Brice McCain, Utah, 2006, DB, 5-9, 185, Houston Texans / 6th / 188th pick / 2009
•        Freddie Brown, Utah, 2006, WR, 6-4, 215, Cincinnati Bengals 7th / 252nd / 2009
•        Zane Beadles, Utah, 2006, G, 6-4, 310, Denver Broncos / 2nd / 45th pick / 2010
•        Stevenson Sylvester, Utah, 2006, LB, 6-2, 225, Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 166th pick / 2010
•        R. J. Stanford, Utah, 2006, DB, 5-10, 183, Carolina Panthers / 7th / 223th pick / 2010

•        DeSean Jackson, Cal, 2007, WR, 6-0, 178, Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 49th pick / 2008
•        Craig Stevens, Cal, 2007, TE, 6-3, 255, Tennessee Titans / 3rd / 85th pick / 2008
•        Thomas DeCoud, Cal, 2007, DB, 6-1, 196, Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 98th pick / 2008
•        Lavelle Hawkins, Cal, 2007, WR, 5-11, 187, Tennessee Titans / 4th / 126th pick / 2008
•        Justin Forsett, Cal, 2007, RB, 5-8, 190, Seattle Seahawks / 7th / 233rd pick / 2008
•        Alex Mack, Cal, 2007, C, 6-4, 312, Cleveland Browns / 1st / 21st pick / 2009
•        Zack Follett, Cal, 2007, LB, 6-2, 231, Detroit Lions / 7th / 235th pick / 2009
•        Cameron Morrah, Cal, 2007, TE, 6-3, 244, Seattle Seahawks / 7th / 248th pick / 2009
•        Tyson Alualu, Cal, 2007, DT, 6-3, 295, Jacksonville Jaguars / 1st / 10th pick / 2010
•        Syd'Quan Thompson, Cal, 2007, DB, 5-9, 182, Denver Broncos / 7th / 225th pick / 2010
•        Chris Conte, Cal, 2007, DB, 6-2, 197, Chicago Bears / 3rd / 93rd pick / 2011
•        Mike Mohamed, Cal, 2007, LB, 6-3, 239, Denver Broncos / 6th / 189th pick / 2011

•        Aldrick Robinson, SMU, 2010, WR, 5-10, 184, Washington Redskins / 6th / 178th pick / 2011
•        Taylor Thompson, SMU, 2010, TE, 6-6, 259, Tennessee Titans / 5th / 145th / 2012
•        Richard Crawford, SMU, 2010, DB, 5-11, 191, Washington Redskins / 7th / 213th / 2012
•        Kelvin Beachum, SMU, 2010, T, 6-2, 303, Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 248th / 2012

In addition, another 14 players with Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl participation signed NFL free agent contracts, including a pair of Houston standouts running back Bryce Beall and quarterback Case Keenum.  Beall was the 2008 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl MVP as he led the Cougars to a 34-28 win over Air Force when he rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown along with catching four passes for 92 yards.

Keenum, college football’s all-time passing leader, threw for 252 yards and a touchdown and ran for two TDs in the 2008 Houston win over the Falcons.  In the 2009 rematch between the two teams, Air Force intercepted Keenum six times as the Falcons prevailed 47-20.  The Houston quarterback passed for 222 yards in the 2009 game with a 10-yard scoring streak to another Patrick Edwards.

Also signing a free agent contact after the 2012 draft was BYU tackle Matt Reynolds, who had one of the best plays during the 2011-2012 bowl season against Tulsa as he delivered a hit with his helmet off as quarterback Riley Nelson scrambled away from pressure.  That hit allowed Nelson to find Cody Hoffman in the end zone with 12 seconds to go before halftime to close the Cougars' deficit to 14-10.  BYU rallied in the final seconds of the game to defeat Tulsa 24-21 on a two-yard touchdown pass from Nelson to Hoffman.  Here is a list of potential 2012 NFL draft picks with BHAFB experience.

Air Force (2007, 2008 and/or 2009 BHAFB)
•        Ben Garland, DT, 6-5, 275, Denver Broncos (2007, 2008 and 2009 BHAFB)

Brigham Young (2011 BHAFB)
•        Terence Brown, C/G, 6-4, 305, Miami Dolphins (2011 BHAFB)
•        Hebron “Loni” Fangupo, DT, 6-1, 323, Houston Texans (2011 BHAFB)
•        McKay Jacobson, WR, 5-11, 193, Philadelphia Eagles (2011 BHAFB)
•        Matt Reynolds, T, 6-4, 302, Carolina Panthers (2011 BHAFB)

Houston (2008 and/or 2009 BHAFB)
•        Bryce Beall, RB, 5-11, 224, Dallas Cowboys (2008 and 2009 BHAFB, 2008 MVP)
•        Patrick Edwards, WR, 5-9, 172, Detroit Lions (2009 BHAFB)
•        David Hunter, DT, 6-2, 297, Houston Texans (2008 and 2009 BHAFB)
•        Case Keenum, QB, 6-0, 208, Houston Texans (2008 and 2009 BHAFB)
•        Marcus McGraw, 6-0, 228, Arizona Cardinals (2008 and 2009 BHAFB)

SMU (2010 BHAFB)
•        Cole Beasley, WR, 5-9, 177, Dallas Cowboys (2010 BHAFB)
•        Matt Szymanski, K, 6-1, 196, Kansas City Chiefs (2010 BHAFB)

Tulsa (2011 BHAFB)
•        G. J. Kinne, QB, 6-1, 234, New York Jets (2011 BHAFB)
•        Tyrunn Walker, DE, 6-3, 294, New Orleans Saints. (2011 BHAFB)