NEW YORK - Three former Arizona State University football student-athletes were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall.
DT Will Sutton – Chicago Bears, 3rd round (82nd overall)
LB Carl Bradford – Green Bay Packers, 4th round (121st overall)
RB Marion Grice – San Diego Chargers, 6th round (201st overall)
The three draft picks are the most from ASU since four were taken in 2008, and marks the eighth time in the past 15 drafts three or more Sun Devils have been selected.
Sutton is the first Sun Devil defensive lineman drafted since 2011 (Lawrence Guy, seventh round, 233rd overall, Green Bay Packers) and the highest since 2003 (Terrell Suggs, first round, 10th overall, Baltimore Ravens).
Sutton was the two-time Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, only the second player in conference history to earn the award in consecutive seasons, and was also a two-time Morris Trophy Award winner and AP All-American. He finished with 161 career tackles, including 45.5 for loss, which rank as the eighth most in ASU history, and his 20.5 career sacks are the seventh most in school annals. Sutton graduated from ASU with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree (Leadership/Sociology) in the fall of 2014.
Bradford is the first Sun Devil linebacker drafted since 2010 (Travis Goethel, sixth round, 190th overall, Oakland Raiders) and the highest since 2006 (Jamaar Williams, fourth round, 120th overall, Chicago Bears). Bradford joins former Sun Devil Garth Gerhart on the Packers current roster.
Bradford appeared in 39 games and made 28 career starts, including every game in 2012 and 2013. A two-time All-Pac-12 honoree, including a First Team selection in 2013, he notched 39.5 tackles for loss in the past two seasons, which tied for the fourth most in the nation in that span. Bradford also added 21.5 sacks, 10 pass deflections, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions. He graduated from ASU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in the fall of 2014.
In 2012, Bradford and Sutton became just the first duo in school history to post double-digit sacks in the same season since 1994. Their combined 44 tackles for loss that season were the most for a duo in ASU history, including the first with 20-plus since Al Harris (22) and Bob Kohrs (20) in 1978.
Grice is the first Sun Devil running back drafted since 2008 (Ryan Torain, fifth round, 139th overall, Denver Broncos). Grice joins former Sun Devil Lawrence Guy on the Chargers current roster.
Grice tallied 39 career touchdowns in just two seasons and 23 games at ASU, which ranks as the fifth most in school history. His 234 points scored is the highest two-season mark in school history as he picked up 3,045 career all-purpose yards. He notched 20 touchdowns in 2013 to become the third Sun Devil in school history and just the 15th Pac-10/12 player in the past 36 seasons (1978-present) to reach that mark. Grice was named a finalist for the 2013 Paul Hornung Award, given to nation’s most versatile player, and was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection, including a Second Team honoree in 2013.
Twenty-one former Sun Devils are currently on NFL active rosters, injured reserve or practice squads, and eight were on active rosters for the 2014 NFL Playoffs.