University of Louisville

3 Cards taken in NFL Draft; Ex-Madison Southern star selected

Louisville running back Bilal Powell got past South Florida's Patrick Hampton, left, and Keith McCaskill when the teams met Nov. 13 in Louisville. Although the Cardinals lost 24-21 in overtime, Powell rushed for 140 yards on his way to racking up 1,330 for the season. That number is likely to rise when Powell and his team play in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Louisville running back Bilal Powell got past South Florida's Patrick Hampton, left, and Keith McCaskill when the teams met Nov. 13 in Louisville. Although the Cardinals lost 24-21 in overtime, Powell rushed for 140 yards on his way to racking up 1,330 for the season. That number is likely to rise when Powell and his team play in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Four players with ties to the commonwealth were chosen during the final three rounds of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted former Madison Southern High School and University of Tennessee tight end Luke Stocker with the seventh pick of the fourth round, No. 104 overall.

The Bucs specifically targeted Stocker, trading up 12 spots to swap positions with Philadelphia.

"It's just part of the aggressive plan, going up getting the guys that we want," head coach Raheem Morris said. "We went up and got this guy. He's a captain, he's got great character and he brings a great complement to what we already have in Kellen Winslow. This guy will be able to fit right into our offense and was a definite need that we had on our team."

The New York Jets selected Louisville running back Bilal Powell with the 29th pick of the fourth round, No. 126 overall.

"It's a great feeling right now," Powell said, "just to get the opportunity at a great organization and having the chance to play under Rex Ryan."

The Tennessee Titans took Louisville offensive tackle Byron Stingily with the 10th pick of the sixth round, No. 175 overall.

The Baltimore Ravens picked Georgia Tech running back Anthony Allen — who spent his first two seasons at U of L — with the 22nd choice of the seventh round, No. 225 overall.

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