Bentley Tabbed By New England
April 28, 2018

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The New England Patriots selected linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley with 143rd overall pick in the fifth round of the 2018 National Football League Draft. Bentley's selection extends Purdue's streak of having at least one player drafted to 21 consecutive years. Forty-eight Boilermakers have been chosen by NFL teams since the streak began in 1998.

Bentley, the only three-time team captain in Purdue history, wrapped up his collegiate career in 2017 with a team-high 97 total tackles in 12 games played (8.1 tackles per game average). As a senior, he recorded 11.5 tackles for loss, including one sack, returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown against Minnesota, had three pass breakups and forced a pair of fumbles. He was named the defensive MVP of the Foster Farms Bowl after recording eight tackles, including two for losses, against Arizona at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

A four-year starter for Purdue, Bentley recorded 272 career tackles, including 22.5 for loss, six pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, two fumbles forced and a pair of interceptions in 38 games.

Bentley is the first Purdue linebacker picked in the NFL Draft since Stanford Keglar was selected by the Tennessee Titans in fourth round (No. 134 overall) in 2006. The Patriots chose a Boilermaker for the first time since they tabbed offensive tackle Matt Light in the second round (No. 48 overall) in 2001. Light played 11 seasons in New England, winning three Super Bowl championships and appearing in two other title games.

21 Straight Years with at Least One Boilermaker Drafted

1998
3 - Brian Alford, WR, New York Giants, 70*
5 - Mark Fischer, C, Washington Redskins, 140*
7 - Edwin Watson, RB, Green Bay Packers, 218*

1999
3 - Chike Okeafor, DE, San Francisco 49ers, 89*
4 - Rosevelt Colvin, DE, Chicago Bears, 111*

2000
6 - Michael Hawthorne, DB, New Orleans Saints, 195*
6 - David Nugent, DT, New England Patriots, 201*

2001
2 - Drew Brees, QB, San Diego Chargers, 32*
2 - Matt Light, T, New England Patriots, 48*
5 - Vinny Sutherland, WR, Atlanta Falcons, 136*
5 - Chukky Okobi, C, Pittsburgh Steelers, 146*
7 - Brandon Gorin, T, San Diego Chargers, 201*

2002
3 - Akin Ayodele, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars, 89*
4 - Travis Dorsch, K, Cincinnati Bengals, 109*

2003
6 - Joe Odom, LB, Chicago Bears, 191*

2004
3 - Nick Hardwick, C, San Diego Chargers, 66*
3 - Stuart Schweigert, FS, Oakland Raiders, 67*
3 - Gilbert Gardner, LB, Indianapolis Colts, 69*
3 - Landon Johnson, LB, Cincinnati Bengals, 96*
4 - Shaun Phillips, DE, San Diego Chargers, 98*
4 - Niko Koutouvides, LB, Seattle Seahawks, 116*
6 - Kelly Butler, OT, Detroit Lions, 172*
6 - Craig Terrill, DT, Seattle Seahawks, 189*
7 - Jacques Reeves, CB, Dallas Cowboys, 223*

2005
4 - Kyle Orton, QB, Chicago Bears, 106*

2006
2 - Bernard Pollard, S, Kansas Chiefs, 54*
4 - Ray Edwards, DE, Minnesota Vikings, 127*
5 - Rob Ninkovich, DE, New Orleans Saints, 135*
5 - Charles Davis, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers, 167

2007
1 - Anthony Spencer, DE, Dallas Cowboys, 26*
5 - Uche Nwaneri, OG, Jacksonville Jaguars, 149*
7 - Mike Otto, OT, Tennessee Titans, 223*

2008
1 - Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets, 30*
3 - Cliff Avril, DE, Detroit Lions, 92*
4 - Stanford Keglar, LB, Tennessee Titans, 134*

2009
3 - Alex Magee, DT, Kansas City Chiefs, 67*
6 - Curtis Painter, QB, Indianapolis Colts, 201*

2010
2 - Mike Neal, DT, Green Bay Packers, 56*

2011
1 - Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Washington Redskins, 16*

2012
5 - Dennis Kelly, OT, Philadelphia Eagles, 153*
6 - Nick Mondek, OG, Houston Texans. 195

2013
2 - Kawann Short, DT, Carolina Panthers, 44*

2014
5 - Ricardo Allen, CB, Atlanta Falcons, 147*
5 - Kevin Pamphile, OT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 149*

2015
5 - Ryan Russell, DE, Dallas Cowboys, 163*

201
6 6 - Anthony Brown, CB, Dallas Cowboys, 189*

2017
5 - DeAngelo Yancey, WR, Green Bay Packers, 175

2018
5 -- Ja'Whaun Bentley, LB, New England Patriots, 143

* Denotes played in at least one NFL game.

 

 

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