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Princeton's Reid Selected in Fifth Round of 2014 NFL Draft

Princeton's Caraun Reid
Princeton's Caraun Reid

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 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.

Year Player, School Round-Pick Team
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