WPIAL football has NFL draft streak that’s more than 2 decades long
Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 8:49 PM
The WPIAL has had at least one former player picked each year in the NFL draft since 1994, a remarkable streak that could be extended again this week.
New Castle’s Geno Stone (Iowa), Cornell’s Dane Jackson (Pitt), Imani Christian’s Kenny Robinson (West Virginia) and McKeesport’s Khaleke Hudson (Michigan) are the most likely WPIAL alumni to hear their names called at some point in the seven-round draft that started Thursday night.
A recent NFL.com mock draft predicted Stone, Jackson and Robinson all would be chosen in the fourth round. An earlier CBS Sports mock included Hudson as a late-round selection. Round 1 is Thursday, Rounds 2-3 are Friday and Round 4-7 are Saturday.
The last time the WPIAL had no player drafted was 1993.
The highest draft pick from the WPIAL in the past 26 years was North Hills’ LaVar Arrington, who went second overall in 2000 to the Washington Redskins. In all, the WPIAL has had 16 former players selected in the first or second rounds during that span.
Aliquippa alone had three players become first-round picks: Ty Law (No. 23 in 1995), Darrelle Revis (No. 14 in 2007) and Jon Baldwin (No. 26 in 2011). Penn Hills’ Aaron Donald (No. 13 in 2014) and New Castle’s Malik Hooker (No. 15 in 2017) also were first-round talents.
There were 10 second-round picks including three from Woodland Hills: Miles Sanders (2019), Rob Gronkowski (2010) and Shawntae Spencer (2004).
Also picked in the second round were Clairton’s Tyler Boyd (2016), Central Catholic’s Stefen Wisniewski (2011), Hopewell’s Paul Posluszny (2007), Upper St. Clair’s Sean Lee (2010), Aliquippa’s Charles Fisher (1999), Steel Valley’s Charlie Batch (1998) and McKeesport’s Mike Logan (1997).
Here’s a look at the first WPIAL player off the board in each of the past 26 NFL drafts:
Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills
Round 2, Pick: 53, Philadelphia Eagles
Troy Apke, Mt. Lebanon
Round 4, Pick 109, Washington Redskins
Malik Hooker, New Castle
Round 1, Pick 15, Indianapolis Colts
Tyler Boyd, Clairton
Round 2, Pick 55, Cincinnati Bengals
Jesse James, South Allegheny
Round 5, Pick 160, Pittsburgh Steelers
Aaron Donald, Penn Hills
Round 1, Pick 13, St. Louis Rams
Eric Kush, Chartiers Valley
Round 6, Pick 170, Kansas City Chiefs
Gino Gradkowski, Seton LaSalle
Round 4, Pick 98, Baltimore Ravens
Jonathan Baldwin, Aliquippa
Round 1, Pick 26, Kansas City Chiefs
Rob Gronkowski, Woodland Hills
Round 2, Pick 42, New England Patriots
Scott McKillop, Kiski Area
Round 5, Pick 146, San Francisco 49ers
Justin King, Gateway
Round 4, Pick 101, St. Louis Rams
Darrelle Revis, Aliquippa
Round 1, Pick 14, New York Jets
Bruce Gradkowski, Seton LaSalle
Round 6, Pick 194, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Justin Geisinger, Mt. Lebanon
Round 6, Pick 197, Tennessee Titans
Shawntae Spencer, Woodland Hills
Round 2, Pick 58, San Francisco 49ers
Steve Sciullo, Shaler
Round 4, Pick 122, Indianapolis Colts
Jake Schifino, Penn Hills
Round 5, Pick 151, Tennessee Titans
Will Peterson, Laurel Highlands
Round 3, Pick 78, New York Giants
LaVar Arrington, North Hills
Round 1, Pick 2, Washington Redskins
Charles Fisher, Aliquippa
Round 2, Pick 33, Cincinnati Bengals
Charlie Batch, Steel Valley
Round 2, Pick 60, Detroit Lions
Mike Logan, McKeesport
Round 2, Pick 50, Jacksonville Jaguars
Tom Tumulty, Penn Hills
Round 6, Pick 178, Cincinnati Bengals
Ty Law, Aliquippa
Round 1, Pick 23, New England Patriots
Tony Peterson, Ringgold
Round 5, Pick 153, San Francisco 49ers
Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Chris by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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