Denver’s second-round choice in the 2008 NFL Draft comes at No. 42, a position it has selected at three times in club history. Most notably, the Broncos in 1980 selected Utah State DE Rulon Jones at that spot.
Jones went on to play 129 career games (100 starts) for Denver from 1980-88 and earned Pro Bowl honors for the club in consecutive years from 1985-86. He also started on Broncos teams that advanced to Super Bowl XXI in 1986 and XXII in 1987.
BRONCOS ALL-TIME DRAFT CHOICES AT NO. 42 OVERALL
Year Player Pos. School
1981 Clay Brown TE Brigham Young
1980 Rulon Jones DE Utah State
1974 Carl Wafer DT Tennessee Tech
Below is a look at the last 10 players selected with the 42nd overall pick in the NFL Draft. Among the players selected at No. 42 during this time were Arkansas G Tony Ugoh (2007, Ind.), who started 11 games at tackle as a rookie last year, and Washington DT Larry Tripplett (2002, Ind.), who has started 16 games in each of the last two years with Buffalo.
LAST 10 NFL DRAFT CHOICES AT NO. 42 OVERALL
Year Team Player Pos. School
2007 Indianapolis Tony Ugoh G Arkansas
2006 Chicago Danieal Manning S Abilene Christian
2005 Dallas Kevin Burnett LB Tennessee
2004 Tennessee Travis LaBoy DE Hawaii
2003 Seattle Ken Hamlin S Arkansas
2002 Indianapolis Larry Tripplett DT Washington
2001 St. Louis Tommy Polley LB Florida State
2000 N.Y. Giants Cornelius Griffin DT Alabama
1999 Atlanta Reggie Kelly TE Mississippi State
1998 Baltimore Patrick Johnson WR Oregon
The 42nd overall pick in the NFL Draft also has produced UCLA
C Randy Cross (S.F., 1976), who was named to three Pro Bowls
and helped the 49ers to three Super Bowl championships during
his 13-year career.