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North Carolina A&T NFL Draft history

North Carolina A&T’s offensive tackle Brandon Parker will be the latest in the school’s sixty-seven year NFL Draft history,

The 2018 NFL Draft is finally here and hundreds of college football players will see their NFL Dreams realized. Among them will be Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T’s 6’7, 299 lb offensive tackle.

Parker’s selection will mark the second year in a row that an Aggie has been selected in the NFL Draft, following the path of running back Tarik Cohen. Cohen, of course, was selected in the fourth round by the Chicago Bears in 2017.

Whenever the Kannapolis, NC native is drafted, he will be the 33rd player from A&T to be selected in the NFL Draft (including the AFL Draft). The first was Robert “Stonewall” Jackson back in 1950. Jackson was picked in the 15th round (202nd overall).

Here are the others:

1960 AFL 2 Tom Day DE
1960 NFL 20 229 Tom Day DE
1961 AFL 26 Lorenzo Stanford OT
1962 NFL 15 209 Joe Taylor DB
1963 NFL 18 243 Luther Woodruff OT
1964 NFL 16 211 Cornell Gordon DB
1964 AFL 23 179 Cornell Gordon DB
1965 AFL 6 Will Beasley RB
1966 NFL 5 69 Mel Phillips DB
1966 AFL 19 Mel Phillips DB
1968 NFL 3 77 Elvin Bethea DE
1969 NFL 5 115 Willie Pearson DB
1971 NFL 5 112 Mel Holmes OG
1972 NFL 8 208 Ralph Coleman LB
1972 NFL 11 286 Lonnie Leonard OT
1972 NFL 16 410 Willie Wright WR
1973 NFL 11 275 William Wideman DT
1975 NFL 13 338 Morris McKie DB
1976 NFL 12 321 George Ragsdale RB
1979 NFL 5 137 Dwaine Board DE
1982 NFL 9 Kevin Robinson DB
1982 NFL 11 290 James Williams DE
1984 NFL 12 321 Mike Jones RB
1985 NFL 11 283 Tim Williams DB
1992 NFL 5 115 Craig Thompson TE
1992 NFL 5 131 Kevin Little LB
1992 NFL 6 147 Reggie White DT
1994 NFL 6 189 Ronald Edwards OT
1996 NFL 1 29 Jamain Stephens OT
1997 NFL 3 74 Michael Hamilton LB
1997 NFL 7 215 Cedric White DE
1997 NFL 7 218 Toran James LB
2005 NFL 5 143 Junius Coston C
2017 NFL 4 119 Tarik Cohen RB

The most famous of these is Elvin Bethea, who went on to have a Pro Football Hall of Fame career with the Houston Oilers.

Follow along with HBCU Gameday’s coverage of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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