Stanford football rise from the basement to the elite in college football was made possible by the influx of some great football players willing to dedicate their lives to their craft and their studies.
This week a number of those players will take their shot at the next level. Up to four Stanford football players could be drafted in the first round which would be a first. Assuming the rumors are true, Andrew Luck will become the fourth Stanford quarterback to be drafted number one overall.
Here are some Stanford NFL Draft factoids as presented by the athletic department leading up to Thursday’s first round of the draft.
**If Andrew Luck is selected first overall, he would become the fourth Stanford quarterback to have been selected with the first overall pick, joining Bobby Garrett (1954; Cleveland), Jim Plunkett (1971; New England) and John Elway (1983; Baltimore). John Brodie was selected in the second round by the San Francisco 49ers in 1957.
**Stanford is the only school to have produced four quarterbacks who were selected first overall in the NFL Draft.
**Stanford has produced 18 first round selections since 1936.
**Stanford’s last first round selection came in 2003, when OT Kwame Harris was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers.
**The last time Stanford had two first round selections was in 1992, when OT Bob Whitfield (Atlanta) and FB Tommy Vardell (Cleveland) were selected with the 8th and 9th picks, respectively.
**Stanford has had two players drafted in the first round on three occasions. In addition to Whitfield and Vardell in 1992, DT Greg Sampson (Houston) and LB Jeff Siemon (Minnesota) were both selected in the first round in the 1972 draft, while WR James Lofton (Green Bay) and OT Gordon King (New York Giants) were tabbed in the first round of the 1978 draft.
**Stanford has never had more than two players selected in the first round.
**USC is the only Pac-12 school to have produced as many as many as four first round picks (5 in 1968; 4 in 2008).
**After not having any players selected in either the 2008 or ’09 NFL Drafts, Stanford had three players (RB Toby Gerhart/2nd/Minnesota; DE Erik Lorig/7th/Tampa Bay; and TE Jim Dray/7th/Arizona) drafted in 2010 and four players (NG Sione Fua/3rd/Carolina; FB Owen Marecic/4th/Cleveland; CB Richard Sherman/5th/Seattle; WR Ryan Whalen/6th/Cincinnati) in 2011.
**In addition to its four draft selections last season, wide receiver Doug Baldwin (Seattle) and linebacker Thomas Keiser (Carolina) flourished as undrafted free agents.
**The last time Stanford had more than four players drafted was in 2005, when the Cardinal had six players selected. Stanford also had six players drafted in 1944, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1985, 2002 and an all-time high of seven players who were selected in the 1936 draft.