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Cowboys Huff, Herron drafted by NFL teams; Smith signed by Tampa Bay
May 12, 2014 - From staff reports
LARAMIE -- This weekend's National Football League draft saw two former Wyoming Cowboys selected, marking the first time since 1997 that the Cowboys have had multiple players selected in the same year.
Free safety Marqueston Huff was the first Cowboy drafted, taken by the Tennessee Titans as the 22nd selection in the fourth round. Huff was the 122nd overall pick.
Wide receiver Robert Herron was selected as the ninth pick in the sixth round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Herron was the 185th overall selection.
According to the UW sports information office, the last time Wyoming had multiple players selected in the same NFL craft was 1997 when offensive tackle Steve Scifres (Dallas Cowboys, third round), defensive back Lee Vaughn (Dallas Cowboys, sixth round) and wide receiver Marcus Harris (Detroit Lions, seventh round) were drafted. Wyoming has had multiple players drafted in the same year 21 times, with the most Cowboys selected in the same draft being five in the 1968 draft.
Wide receiver Herron became the first Cowboy who played a position other than defensive back to be selected in the NFL Draft since 2004.
Wyoming's most recent NFL drafted players have been defensive backs, including safety Chris Prosinski, who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, safety John Wendling, who was selected by the Buffalo Bills in 2007, and cornerback Derrick Martin, who was taken by the Baltimore Ravens in 2006. The last Wyoming player to be drafted at a position other than defensive back was quarterback Casey Bramlet, who was chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2004.
Brett Smith was signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he will join Herron in competing for a spot on the team.
Smith, who decided to forego his senior season at Wyoming and entered into the NFL Draft following his junior season, was not selected in this year's NFL draft.
He became the third Cowboy to enter the NFL draft prior to his senior season. The first was defensive back Martin, who entered the NFL draft following his junior season and was selected in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Ravens.
Former Cowboy running back Alvester Alexander was the other Cowboy underclassmen in history to enter his name in the NFL draft following his junior season.
Alexander was not selected in the 2012 NFL draft but later signed as a free agent and is currently on the Pittsburgh Steelers' roster.