Two CU Buffs Drafted On First Day of NFL Draft

University of Colorado inside linebacker Jordon Dizon and cornerback Terrence Wheatley were both selected in the second round in the 2008 National Football League Draft Saturday.

Dizon, a 6-0, 230-pound four-year letterman, was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 45th overall pick of the draft; Wheatley, a 5-10, 180-pounder who also earned four letters, was the 62nd overall pick and was taken by the New England Patriots.

Dizon was a consensus All-American in 2007, when he finished as one of two runner-ups for the Butkus Award. Both Dizon and Wheatley earned All-Big 12 Conference honors and were seniors last fall.

The last Buffalo to be selected as high as the second round was tight end Joe Klopfenstein, who was also a second round pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2006. The last time two Buffs had been selected by the end of the second round was in the 2002 draft, when three players were drafted into the league: tight end Daniel Graham (1st round, New England), guard Andre Gurode (2nd round, Dallas) and safety Michael Lewis (2nd round, Philadelphia).

Dizon is the 13th player to be drafted out of Colorado by the Lions, the highest since 1972, when Detroit selected defensive end Herb Orvis in the first round, the 16th pick overall. Dizon was the 45th overall selection this year; Klopfenstein was the 46th; Dizon is thus the highest Buff selected since 2003, when defensive end Tyler Brayton was the last pick of the first round (32nd overall) by the Oakland Raiders.
Two of the most popular CU players in history were also picked by the Lions, wide receiver Jeff Campbell (5th round, 1990) and Butkus Award-winning linebacker Matt Russell (4th round,1997).

Wheatley is the 11th Buffalo to be selected in the draft by New England, the first since Graham in 2001. Three picks played at least seven players with the club, center Pete Brock (1976-87), tight end Don Hasselbeck (1977-83) and linebacker Ted Johnson (1995-2004).