Four Gophers Taken In NFL Draft
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Cowboys have taken linebacker Damien Wilson of Minnesota in the fourth round of the NFL draft.
Wilson, who started 24 of 26 games in two seasons with the Gophers after transferring from Jones County Community College in Mississippi, was the 127th overall pick Saturday. Three of Dallas' top four picks are defensive players.
He was first-team All-Big Ten in 2014 after leading Minnesota with 119 tackles, including 10 1/2 tackles for loss.
(GopherSports.com) -- Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round with the 55th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Williams, who was the consensus top tight end in the draft, is the first Gopher to be picked in this year's draft and is the first Minnesota tight end to be drafted since Matt Spaeth went No. 77 overall to Pittsburgh in 2007.
Williams, who declared for the draft after his redshirt sophomore season, played in 25 career games at Minnesota and made 61 receptions (seventh all-time in program history for a tight end) for 986 yards (third all-time in program history for a tight end). He had 13 touchdowns (tenth in school history for any player) and averaged 16.2 yards-per-catch. His eight touchdowns as a sophomore were a single-season record for a Minnesota tight end and the most ever for a Gopher sophomore.
Williams' father, Brian Williams, also played football at Minnesota and was drafted in the first round, 18th overall, by the New York Giants in 1989. Brian Wiliams, who played center, would go on to win Super Bowl XXV with the Giants. Williams' mother, Rochele, was a star volleyball player for the Gophers and won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1988.
In all, four gophers have now been drafted. David Cobb is going to Tennessee, Cedric Thompson was chosen by Miami in the 5th round.