Ivy Leaguers in the National Football League (Pages 71-74)
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NEW YORK -- Ivy League football was back in the National Football League Draft for a second-straight year with Princeton's Caraun Reid chosen in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Player Selection Meeting.
Reid was the 158th pick (18th pick of the fifth round) by the Detroit Lions, giving the League draftees in consecutive seasons since back-to-back, seventh-round selections in 2010 (Brown's David Howard by the Tennessee Titans) and 2011 (Yale's Shane Bannon by the Kansas City Chiefs).
The Bronx, N.Y., native closed his Princeton career with two All-America selections and three first-team All-Ivy honors to his credit. He shined in the Senior Bowl earlier this year, recording back-to-back sacks for minus 12 yards early in the third quarter for the South squad. For his efforts, Reid was named one of five "Buzz-Worthy" players by NFL.com following the game.
A finalist for the League's Defensive Player of the Year honors, Reid led the League in sacks in Ivy games (5.5) and finished second to teammate Jason Ray in tackles for loss in conference games (9.0). He overcame double- and triple-teams all season to become one of the League's most disruptive forces on the defensive front.
Shortly after the draft, the following former Ivies signed undrafted free agent deals: Cornell's Jeff Mathews (Atlanta Falcons), Harvard's Nnamdi Obokwelu (Indianapolis Colts), Tyler Ott (New England Patriots) and Cameron Brate (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
Mathews ended his amazing career as as the most prolific quarterback in Ivy League history and in all of college football. He ranks among the top 20 all-time in career passing yards in the FCS and set the Ivy League's all-time passing record by more than 2,000 yards. He ended his career with 47 Big Red school records and 18 Ivy League marks for passing and total offense.
|IVY LEAGUERS IN THE NFL DRAFT (2004-Present)|
|2004||Nate Lawrie, Yale||6-181||Tampa Bay|
|Casey Cramer, Dartmouth||7-228||Tampa Bay|
|2005||Ryan Fitzpatrick, Harvard||7-250||St. Louis|
|2006||Kevin Boothe, Cornell||6-176||Oakland|
|2007||Zak DeOssie, Brown||4-116||New York Giants|
|2010||David Howard, Brown||7-241||Tennessee|
|2011||Shane Bannon, Yale||7-223||Kansas City|
|2013||JC Tretter, Cornell||4-122||Green Bay|
|Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard||4-130||Baltimore|
|Mike Catapano, Princeton||7-207||Kansas City|
|2014||Caraun Reid, Princeton||5-158||Detroit|