List of VMI Keydets in the NFL Draft

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This is a list of VMI Keydets football players who have been picked in the National Football League Draft.[1]

Each NFL franchise seeks to add new players through the annual NFL Draft. The draft rules were last updated in 2009. The team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, and so on. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule. Playoff participants are sequenced after non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl).[2]

Before the merger agreements in 1966, the American Football League (AFL) operated in direct competition with the NFL and held a separate draft. This led to a massive bidding war over top prospects between the two leagues. As part of the merger agreement on June 8, 1966, the two leagues would hold a multiple round "Common Draft". Once the AFL officially merged with the NFL in 1970, the "Common Draft" simply became the NFL Draft.[3][4][5]

The first VMI graduate picked in the draft was Joe Muha in 1943, the second overall pick. Seven Keydets have been selected all-time, the most recent of which was Mark Stock in 1989. No players were selected in the short-lived AFL.

National Football League Draft[edit]

Year Name Round Overall Team Notes
1943 Joe Muha 1 2 Philadelphia Eagles
1949 Bobby Thomason 1 7 Los Angeles Rams
Pro Bowl (1953, 1955, 1956)
1959 Pete Johnson 3 32 Chicago Bears
1960 Sam Horner 2 21 Washington Redskins
1976 Ronnie Moore 9 244 New York Jets
1980 Walt Bellamy 10 257 Atlanta Falcons
1989 Mark Stock 6 144 Pittsburgh Steelers


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