Thirty-Five Allstate Sugar Bowl Participants Selected in 2018 NFL Draft
NEW ORLEANS (April 30, 2018) – Thirty-five players who were on Allstate Sugar Bowl rosters, including five first-round picks, were selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick from the University of Oklahoma, was the Miller-Digby Award winner as the Most Outstanding Player in the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl. Mayfield was also the winner of the 2017 Manning Award, presented to the top collegiate quarterback in the nation by the Sugar Bowl. He is the fourth Miller-Digby Award winner and the fourth Manning Award winner to be selected No. 1 in the NFL Draft.
Over the last three years, 101 Sugar Bowlers have been selected in the NFL Draft – 32 in 2017 and 34 in 2016.
Alabama led the way with 12 players drafted – the most by any SEC team in history. Seven of those 12 were members of the Crimson Tide for both its 2015 and 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl appearances. Four Tide players went in the first round, including Da’Ron Payne (No. 13 overall) – Payne was selected as the Defensive MVP of the 2018 Sugar Bowl after dominating in the trenches and snagging a key third-quarter interception. He lined up at fullback on the ensuing play and caught his first career touchdown pass as well.
Clemson, which also played in the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl, had three players drafted. In addition to Mayfield, Oklahoma, the 2017 Sugar Bowl winner, had four other players selected. Auburn, Oklahoma’s opponent in 2017, had four players’ names called in the Draft. The 2016 Sugar Bowl participants, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State, each had four players drafted. Ohio State, which lost to Alabama in the 2015 Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl, had four players from that squad selected.
Other Miller Digby Award winners that were drafted No. 1 overall were JaMarcus Russell (LSU, #1 in 2007), Bo Jackson (Auburn, #1 in 1986) and Billy Cannon (LSU, #1 in 1960).
In addition to Allstate Sugar Bowl participants, Marcus Davenport from UTSA, the first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints, is the grandson of Dr. Artis M. Davenport, a member of the Sugar Bowl’s Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.
Allstate Sugar Bowlers in the 2018 NFL Draft
|Name||School||Sugar Bowl(s)||NFL Team||Round|
|Baker Mayfield||Oklahoma||2017||Cleveland Browns||First (#1)|
|Minkah Fitzpatrick||Alabama||2018||Miami Dolphins||First (#11)|
|Da’Ron Payne||Alabama||2018||Washington Redskins||First (#13)|
|Rashaan Evans||Alabama||2018, 2015||Tennessee Titans||First (#22)|
|Calvin Ridley||Alabama||2018||Atlanta Falcons||First (#26)|
|Braden Smith||Auburn||2017||Indianapolis Colts||Second (#37)|
|Kerryon Johnson||Auburn||2017||Detroit Lions||Second (#43)|
|Breeland Speaks||Ole Miss||2016||Kansas City Chiefs||Second (#46)|
|James Washington||Oklahoma State||2016||Pittsburgh Steelers||Second (#60)|
|Carlton Davis||Auburn||2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Second (#63)|
|Tyquan Lewis||Ohio State||2015||Indianapolis Colts||Second (#64)|
|Mason Rudolph||Oklahoma State||2016||Pittsburgh Steelers||Third (#76)|
|Sam Hubbard||Ohio State||2015||Cincinnati Bengals||Third (#77)|
|Orlando Brown||Oklahoma||2017||Baltimore Ravens||Third (#83)|
|Mark Andrews||Oklahoma||2017||Baltimore Ravens||Third (#86)|
|Ronnie Harrison||Alabama||2018||Jacksonville Jaguars||Third (#93)|
|Dorian O’Daniel||Clemson||2018||Kansas City Chiefs||Third (#100)|
|Jalyn Holmes||Ohio State||2015||Minnesota Vikings||Fourth (#102)|
|Da’shawn Hand||Alabama||2018, 2015||Detroit Lions||Fourth (#114)|
|Anthony Averett||Alabama||2018, 2015||Baltimore Ravens||Fourth (#118)|
|Marquis Haynes||Ole Miss||2016||Carolina Panthers||Fourth (#136)|
|Tre Flowers||Oklahoma State||2016||Seattle Seahawks||Fifth (#146)|
|Ogbonnia Okoronko||Oklahoma||2017||Los Angeles Rams||Fifth (#160)|
|Daniel Carlson||Auburn||2017||Minnesota Vikings||Fifth (#167)|
|Jamarco Jones||Ohio State||2015||Seattle Seahawks||Fifth (#168)|
|Jordan Wilkins||Ole Miss||2016||Indianapolis Colts||Fifth (#169)|
|JK Scott||Alabama||2018, 2015||Green Bay Packers||Fifth (#172)|
|Deon Cain||Clemson||2018||Indianapolis Colts||Sixth (#185)|
|Ray-Ray McCloud||Clemson||2018||Buffalo Bills||Sixth (#187)|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||Alabama||2018, 2015||Washington Redskins||Sixth (#197)|
|Bradley Bozeman||Alabama||2018, 2015||Baltimore Ravens||Sixth (#215)|
|Marcell Ateman||Oklahoma State||2016||Oakland Raiders||Seventh (#228)|
|Bo Scarbrough||Alabama||2018||Dallas Cowboys||Seventh (#236)|
|Joshua Frazier||Alabama||2018, 2015||Pittsburgh Steelers||Seventh (#246)|
|Rod Taylor||Ole Miss||2016||Cincinnati Bengals||Seventh (#252)|
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 93 Hall of Fame players, 49 Hall of Fame coaches and 18 Heisman Trophy winners in its 84-year history. The 85th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 1, 2019. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors nearly 100,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in the last decade.