In one of San Jose State football’s finest moments, three Spartans were taken in this years NFL draft. Defensive end Jarron Gilbert, and cornerbacks Coye Francies, and Chris Owens all cashed in on the draft on Sunday and are each headed to new cities. Jarron Gilbert was selected 68th in the draft by the Chicago Bears. Chris Owens was selected 90th and is headed to the Atlanta Falcons and Coye Francies is headed to the Cleveland Browns after he was the 191st player taken in the draft. Projected to go late in the 1st round or early in the 2nd round, Gilbert slipped into the 3rd round and now appears to have some motivation to prove that he was actually a first day player, despite being taken on the 2nd day. Playing at San Jose State, Gilbert is no stranger to the underdog approach when the only school that recruited him out of high school was San Jose State. Given the odds that he has overcome, he can be expected to excel in his new roll on the Bears. Jarron is expected to report to Chicago’s rookie mini camp, which will be held May 1st – 3rd. 22 spots after Gilbert was drafted, cornerback Chris Owens was then selected by Atlanta. Coye Francies was then taken at the 191st spot of the draft by the Browns, which subsequently marks the 1st time that three Spartans were taken in an NFL draft since 1983. That year, CB Gill Byrd, RB Ken Thomas, and DB Brian Hawkins were each selected in the 1st 9 rounds of the then 12 round NFL draft format. The 2009 draft also marks the 1st time that 3 Spartans were drafted in the current 7 round draft format. This weekend was arguably one of San Jose State’s finest moments in NFL draft history. San Jose State also equaled the total for both Cal and Stanford, for total players taken in this year’s draft. Cal had 3 players selected and Stanford had no players taken for the 2nd year in a row. Six players have also been taken in the last 3 NFL drafts with CB Dwight Lowery going to the New York Jets in 2008, WR James Jones going to the Green Bay Packers in 2007 and WR John Broussard being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007 as well.
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