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  • COUNTDOWN TO 2019 ENSHRINEMENT CEREMONY CLASS OF 2019 AND THE NFL DRAFT

    April 25, 2019 - CANTON, OHIO - The 2019 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls kicks off in 98 days. The festivities are centered around the Enshrinement of the Class of 2019 - Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson - on Saturday, Aug. 3. Below are interesting facts about each Enshrinee as they relate to the NFL Draft in addition to other notes about Pro Football Hall of Famers and the draft over the years.

    CHAMP BAILEY

    Bailey was highly touted as the best de- fensive player in the 1999 NFL Draft class. After a prolific collegiate career, he was the first defensive player off the board when the Washington Redskins drafted him with the seventh overall pick.

    Bailey is the first member of the 1999 NFL Draft class to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    PAT BOWLEN Bowlen purchased the Denver Broncos in 1984 and his tenure of ownership is undoubtledly one of the most succssful periods for any team in league history.

    Under his leadership, the Broncos have drafted two future Pro Football Hall of Famers, including Shannon Sharpe in the seventh round of the 1990 NFL Draft and Terrell Davis in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL Draft. Sharpe and Davis took advantage of the winning culture created by Bowlen.

    Sharpe was not the first tight end drafted by Denver in the 1990 draft. Interestingly, the Broncos selected Ronnie Haliburton in the sixth round.

    Davis was the 18th running back drafted in the 1995 draft - only one of which is a Pro Football Hall of Famer - Curtis Martin (third round - 74th player overall).

    “He’s the guy we wanted. Champ’s an outstanding athlete, corner and returner, and he could

    even be an outstanding receiver. The thing that put us over the top with Champ is his character. He’s got great work habits. You don’t play 90 snaps a game if

    you don’t love the game.” – Redskins Head Coach Norv Turner

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  • GIL BRANDT Brandt oversaw the drafting of nine Cowboys’ players who are now enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It began with Dallas’s first-ever pick, defensive tackle Bob Lilly, and culminating with his final first-round pick in 1989, quarterback Troy Aikman. That list also includes: Rayfield Wright, Bob Hayes, Roger Staubach, Mel Renfro, Tony Dorsett, Randy White and Michael Irvin.

    Billy Shaw, a future Pro Football Hall of Famer, was also drafted by the Cowboys in the 14th round of the 1961 NFL Draft. However, Shaw opted to play for the Buffalo Bills after being selected in the second round of the AFL draft that year.

    Brandt was the first to use computers for scouting and talent evaluations as well as the first to use psychological tests to evaluate ones’ mental makeup under pressure. It was the way he and the Cowboys graded college prospects that led to building the NFL Scouting Combine to streamline the evaluation process. The event has now grown into a three- day production ahead of the annual NFL Draft.

    TONY GONZALEZ Gonzalez, after three successful years at Cal, chose to forego his senior season and enter the 1997 NFL Draft. Gonzalez was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 13th overall pick. The Chiefs traded up five spots to make sure they got their man.

    Gonzalez is the fourth member of the 1997 NFL Draft class to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    • Orlando Pace (first overall) was inducted in 2016

    • Walter Jones (sixth overall) received his Gold Jacket in 2014

    • Jason Taylor (73rd pick) was enshrined in 2017.

  • ED REED Reed entered the 2002 NFL Draft as one of the top defensive backs on the board, with most analysts predicting he’d be selected in the first round.

    He wound up being the third DB taken off the draft board, when the Baltimore Ravens chose him 24th overall.

    Reed is the first member of the 2002 NFL Draft class to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    JOHNNY ROBINSON Robinson was a member of the inaugural AFL Draft in 1960, which lasted 33 rounds to fill the rosters of the eight new franchises. He was selected in the first round by the Dallas Texans, who would become the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963.

    Robinson was also eligible for the 1960 NFL Draft, where he was selected third overall by the Detroit Lions. He opted to play for the Texans in the AFL.

    He was actually drafted as a running back following his career at LSU where he totaled 1,316 yards from scrimmage, along with 12 touchdowns while splitting carries with Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon.

    Interestingly, LSU produced two of the first three overall draft picks in the 1960 NFL Draft: the Los Angeles Rams picked Cannon first overall, while the Lions selected Robinson third overall.

    2002

    No. 24

    HALL OF FAMERS BY ROUND

    121 Future Pro Football

    Hall of Famers were selected

    in the first round of the

    draft

    RD 1 37 - 2nd Round24 - 3rd Round 11 - 4th Round 7 - 5th Round 2 - 6th Round 10 - 7th Round 3 - 8th Round 6 - 9th Round

    21 - 10th Round or later

    With the addition of the Class of 2019, there are 326 individuals enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Of those, 242 were selected in the draft. Here are the numbers by round:

    ^Reed’s draft card in the Hall’s Archives.

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    NFL SEASON KICKS OFF IN CANTON The National Football League season kicks off each year in Canton with a spectacular celebration, unlike any other, centered around the Enshrinement of the newest class of enshrinees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival including Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls features 18 diverse events that attracts 700,000 fans from across the country and the world. For full details, schedules, and tickets to all of the events, visit: ProFootballHOFEF.com or ProFootballHOF.com.