2013 NFL Draft:
1st Round: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan (No. 1 overall), Kansas City Chiefs
3rd Round: OL Brian Winters, Kent State (No. 72 overall), New York Jets
5th Round: DL Steven Means, Buffalo (No. 147 overall), Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6th Round: DT Chris Jones, Bowling Green (No. 198 overall), Houston Texans
7th Round: OL Eric Herman, Ohio (No. 225 overall), New York Giants
7th Round: QB Zac Dysert, Miami (No. 234 overall), Denver Broncos
7th Round: RB Michael Cox, UMass (No. 253 overall), New York Giants
Fifth Round: DL Steven Means, Buffalo by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 147 overall)
Buffalo defensive lineman Steven Means appeared in 12 games last season and provided a vital pass rush for the Bulls 3-4 defensive scheme. Means ranked third on the club with 77 tackles, ranked second with 11 tackles for loss and ranked third on the team with six and one-half sacks. Means, 6-3 and 260 lbs., also blocked three kicks for the Bulls in 2012. Means, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., established himself as a starter for the Bulls midway through his freshman season and collected 18.5 sacks during his collegiate career.
Means capped off a stellar career with an outstanding senior season. En route to earning All-MAC Second Team honors, Means had 77 tackles, just six shy of his previous two seasons combined and his 40 solo stops were six shy of his first three seasons combined. Means had a strong finish to the season as he averaged nine tackles over the last four games of the 2012. He finished his career ranked fourth in school history with 18.5 sacks and 10th in school history with 29.5 tackles for loss.
Means is the 11th player in school history to be selected in the NFL Draft and just the fifth to be picked in the fifth round or sooner. Means is the fifth UB player to be selected in the last six NFL Drafts, joining Trevor Scott (Oakland Raiders) and Jamey Richard (IndianapolisColts) in 2008, James Starks (Green Bay Packers) in 2010 and Josh Thomas (Dallas Cowboys) in 2011.
Sixth Round: DT Chris Jones, Bowling Green by the Houston Texans (No. 198 overall)
Bowling Green defensive tackle Chris Jones had one of the finest seasons by a defensive player in Bowling Green history, earning MAC Defensive Player of the Year after finishing the season with 42 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 19.0 tackles for loss. Jones would go on to be named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, first-team All-MAC and was named the MAC East Defensive Player of the Week on three different occasions in 2012. Jones played in 50 games during his Falcon career, starting 44 consecutive contests, helping the Falcons to advance to bowl games in 2009 and 2012. The Brownsburg, Ind., native recorded 157 tackles, 28.0 sacks, 46.0 tackles for loss, fix forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries during his time with the Orange and Brown.
Seventh Round: OL Eric Herman, Ohio by the New York Giants (No. 225 overall)
Ohio offensive lineman Eric Herman started every game at right guard for the Bobcats last season and earned All-MAC Second Team honors for the second straight season. The Oregon, Ohio native finished the 2012 season by starting in every game and finished his career by starting in 51 straight games. In 2012, Herman appeared in 796 plays on the season and graded out at a 1.88. He posted team highs in pancakes (128) and knockdowns (131). Herman becomes the 31st player in school history to be selected in the NFL Draft and the fifth to be taken in the Frank Solich Era.
“I’m excited for Eric (Herman) and his family,” head coach Frank Solich said. “He’s had a great career at Ohio University and he’s been a joy to coach. We’re looking forward to following his professional career.”
Ohio has now had a player selected in the NFL Draft in five of the last six years.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Eric,” said offensive line coach Keven Lightner. “I recruited him out of high school and saw him develop from a 260-pound freshman to a player who got drafted to the NFL. The Giants got a great player and they will love him.”
Herman becomes the first Ohio offensive lineman to be selected in the NFL Draft since former Bobcat Al Benton was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round back in 1972.
“Coach (Keven) Lightner has done a great job in developing offensive lineman in our system,” Solich said. “The offensive line position has been a very strong area within our program for the past eight seasons.”
Seventh Round: QB Zac Dysert, Miami by the Denver Broncos (No. 234 overall)
Miami quarterback Zac Dysert, Miami's all-star signal-caller, who finished his career with 12,013 yards-ranking 20th on the NCAA's all-time FBS list. Dysert threw for 3,483 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2012, completing 62.9 percent of his passes and averaging 290 yards per game. He broke Miami's career passing yardage record, previously held by Ben Roethlisberger. Dysert also participated in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala.
Hall of Famer John Elway, Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Broncos tweeted, "We're thrilled that Zac Dysert was available for us to take. You can never have enough quarterbacks."
Dysert joins Bronco roster QBs Manning and Brock Osweiler.
Dysert threw for a career total of 12,013 from 2009-12 at Miami, breaking Ben Roethlisberger's previous school record of 10,829 yards. He is one of just 82 quarterbacks in NCAA FBS to top the 10,000-yard mark, throwing for 812 more yards than Peyton Manning compiled at Tennessee. At Akron on Sept. 29, 2012, Dysert put up numbers that no other collegian had ever compiled, becoming the first NCAA FBS player to pass for 500 yards (516) and run for 100 yards (108) in a single game. Dysert’s six touchdown passes vs. Akron also set a Miami record. In Mid-American Conference career passing categories, Dysert ranks second in passing yardage (12,013) to all-time leader Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan (12,905) and ranks ninth in career TD passes (73).
Seventh Round: RB Michael Cox, UMass by the New York Giants (No. 253 overall)
UMass running back Michael Cox started all 12 games last season and rushed for 715 yards on 198 carries (3.6 avg.) with five touchdowns. Cox added 13 receptions for 63 yards. After earning his undergraduate degree from Michigan in the Spring of 2012, Cox transferred to UMass as a graduate student where he started all 12 games as the Minutemen's top running back. His best game of the season came at Miami (Ohio) where he ran for 188 yards on 30 carries. He made ESPN Sports Center's No. 5 Play of the Day on a nine-yard touchdown run where he performed a full front-flip over a Red Hawks safety for a touchdown. In his return to Michigan, Cox ran 18 times picking up 81 yards in front of his former fans and teammates.
Cox played for the Wolverines from 2008-11 taking a redshirt season in 2008. In Ann Arbor, he played in 15 games where he rushed for 169 yards on 19 carries (8.9 yards per rush) and scored two touchdowns.
The native of Dorchester, Mass., was a four-star prospect at Avon Old Farms, where he rushed for 2,400 yards in three prep seasons. He rushed for 1,000 yards with 16 touchdowns as a junior but missed the bulk of his senior season due to an injury. Cox was also an accomplished hockey player as a member of the Boston Junior Bruins.