Linebacker Tyrone McKenzie waited around all day on Saturday, for his name to be called in the 2009 NFL Draft. His wait ended early Sunday morning when the New England Patriots selected Bulls linebacker Tyrone McKenzie with the 33rd pick of the 3rd round making him the eleventh USF Bull drafted into the NFL and the third highest.
LB Tyrone McKenzie (6’2/245) led the Bulls with 105 tackles, 14 for a loss, with one sack in 2008, the third consecutive season that he has totaled at least 100 tackles. McKenzie bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times, tied for the fifth strongest linebacker at the combine, but he hurt his hamstring during the 40 yard dash, and ran a 4.7-40, which is well off his mark, but still garnered a lot of interest.
T-Mac went up and had a work out for the patriots along with the Buccaneers, Eagles, Giants, and was projected to be selected by the Patriots.
In 12 years of playing football the Bulls now have eleven players drafted, but McKenzie is the third highest player selected. Mike Jenkins was taken in the first round last year and Kawika Mitchell was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round in 2003.
USF’s NFL Draft history
Rd. Pick Player, Team (Year)
1st 25. CB Mike Jenkins, Dallas (2008)
2nd 47. LB Kawika Mitchell, Kansas City (2003)
4th 96. OT Kenyatta Jones, New England (2001)
4th 97. CB Anthony Henry, Cleveland (2001)
4th 98. K Bill Gramatica, Arizona (2001)
4th 109. LB Stephen Nicholas, Atlanta (2007)
4th 129. DE Shurron Pierson, Oakland (2003)
4th 129. FS J.R. Reed, Philadephia (2004)
5th 159. CB Trae Williams, Jacksonville (2008)
7th 253. WR DeAndrew Rubin, Green Bay (2003)