School-Record Four Players Selected in NFL Draft

James-Michael Johnson was picked in the fourth round by Cleveland

April 28, 2012

RENO, Nev. – The Cleveland Browns selected Nevada linebacker James-Michael Johnson in the fourth round on Saturday to open up a school-record four draftees for the Wolf Pack in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Johnson became the 37th player in Nevada history to get selected in the NFL Draft. He is the first Wolf Pack player to be selected though Nevada all-time great Marion Motley starred for the Browns in his career.

In the fifth round, linebacker Brandon M. Marshall was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is the first Jaguars’ selection of a Nevada player since 2004 when Jacksonville took linebacker Jorge Cordova.

In the sixth, the Wolf Pack had its first defensive back selected since 1993 (Brock Marion) when corner Isaiah Frey was picked up by the Chicago Bears.

Nevada wide receiver Rishard Matthews capped the school-record class in the seventh round when he was selected by the Miami Dolphins.

The previous record for most players drafted from Nevada was three, set in 1998 and tied last year.

In his career at Nevada, Johnson played in 53 games with 43 starts. He recorded 296 career tackles, including 38.5 for a loss (of 125 yards). That includes 7.5 sacks for a loss of 40 yards. Johnson also intercepted three passes, forced five fumbles and recovered two. Johnson was voted a team captain by his teammates as a junior and again as a senior. He earned All-WAC honors after his junior season.

Marshall led Nevada in tackles as a senior in 2011 as he racked up 102 stops on the year. He was also third on the team in tackles for loss (7.5 for a loss of 30) and sacks (2.0 for a loss of 14). During his career at Nevada, Marshall started 46 games.

Frey earned first-team All-WAC honors in 2011 after leading the nation in passes defended with 1.62 per game. He was third in the nation and first in the WAC in pass breakups with 19 on the season. Frey, who never redshirted, finished second in the conference and 14th in the nation with five interceptions in 13 games played. He started 36 games in his career.

In his career at Nevada, Matthews started 25 of his 26 games played. He caught 147 passes for 2,243 yards with 13 touchdowns. He was named second-team All-WAC as a junior in 2010 and then earned first-team All-WAC accolades as a senior. He led the WAC in receiving in 2011 with 7.6 receptions per games and 113.7 receiving yards per game. In 2010, he was named the Offensive MVP in Nevada’s victory in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. He was also a sensational punt returner, taking two punts back for touchdowns in his two-year career at Nevada.

Nevada’s NFL Draft History
Year    Rd.    Pick    Player    Pos.    Team
2011     2     36     Colin Kaepernick     QB     San Francisco 49ers
2011     3     66     Dontay Moch     LB     Cincinnati Bengals
2011     7     204     Virgil Green     TE     Denver Broncos
2009     7     243     Marko Mitchell     WR     Washington Redskins
2007     5     151     Jeff Rowe     QB     Cincinnati Bengals
2006     5     165     Tony Moll     G     Green Bay Packers
2004     3     86     Jorge Cordova     LB     Jacksonville Jaguars
2004     5     149     Maurice Mann     WR     Cincinnati Bengals
2003     3     71     Nate Burleson     WR     Minnesota Vikings
1998     4     108     DeShone Myles     MLB     Seattle Seahawks
1998     6     172     John Dutton     QB    Miami Dolphins
1998     6     175     James Cannida     DT     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1996     2     31     Alex Van Dyke     WR     New York Jets
1993     5     117     Forey Duckett     CB     Cincinnati Bengals
1993     7     196     Brock Marion     DB     Dallas Cowboys
1991     7     189     Bernard Ellison     CB     Kansas City Chiefs
1991     9     233     Treamelle Taylor     WR     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1990     12     331     Demetrius Davis     TE    Los Angeles Raiders
1989     8     196     Charvez Foger     RB     Dallas Cowboys
1989     9     230     Patrick Egu     RB     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1987     5     135     Henry Rolling     LB     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1986     3     68     Patrick Hunter     DB     Seattle Seahawks
1984             Derek Kennard     G     St. Louis Cardinals
1984             Tony Zendejas     K     Washington Redskins
1984             Al Williams     WR     Detroit Lions
1983     3     84     Charles Mann     DE     Washington Redskins
1981     5     136     Eric Sanders     T     Atlanta Falcons
1981     10     276     Frank Hawkins     RB     Oakland Raiders
1978     6     163     Doug Betters     DE     Miami Dolphins
1952     13         Pat Brady     QB     New York Giants
1951     16         Dick Afflis     OT     Green Bay Packers
1949     1         Stan Heath     QB     Green Bay Packers
1949     8         Dan Orlich     DE     Green Bay Packers
1947     2         Bill Mackrides     QB     Philadelphia Eagles
1947     23         Tom Kalmanir     HB     Pittsburgh Steelers
1946     3         Bob McClure     G     Boston Yanks
1945     24         Don Talcott     T     Philadelphia Eagles



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