With just 15 days to go until the 2011 NFL Draft, the “Path to Primetime” rolls along. We hope you’ve at least started your taxes, so you can start thinking about more important things — like who’s going to be the 15th overall pick.
Speaking of, what are some other 15′s synonymous with the draft?
- Hall of Famer Bart Starr, the most famous No. 15 in league history, was taken in the 17th round. That’s not a misprint. Who do you have on your 17-round draft board?
- The Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul, a defensive end out of South Florida, went 15th in 2010 as the second of four defensive ends grabbed in the first round. Expect more defensive ends to go early this year, too, and for good reason.
- The NFL’s first big, dominant tailback, Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren, wore number 15. Van Buren was the fifth overall pick of the 1944 draft, when a lot of great college players were fighting overseas in World War II.
- Before he was the biggest drama queen this side of Charlie Sheen, Albert Haynesworth was the 15th overall pick of the Titans in 2002.
For some drama that isn’t annoying, catch all of NFL Network’s coverage of the 2011 draft beginning April 28th.
– Elliot Harrison
Elliot Harrison, a research analyst for “NFL RedZone” on NFL Network, counts down the days until the start of the 2011 NFL Draft.