April 28, 2007
NEW YORK – Brady Quinn was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Quinn became the first Notre Dame player to be taken in the first round since Jeff Faine was drafted with the 21st overall selection by Cleveland in 2003 and the first Irish quarterback drafted in the first round since Seattle chose Rick Mirer with the second overall pick in 1993. By being drafted 22nd overall, Quinn became the 59th Notre Dame player ever selected in the first round.
The Dublin, Ohio native broke 36 school records and ranks in the top-10 in the NCAA records book in career passing yards, passing touchdowns and pass attempts and ranks 11th in career pass completions. Quinn was a two-time captain and won 29 games as a starting quarterback, tying him for first at Notre Dame with Tom Clements and Ron Powlus.
Defensive end Victor Abiamiri was the second Notre Dame player selected on the first day of the draft. Abiamiri was chosen in the second round, 57th player overall, by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Abiamiri (Randallstown, Md.) started the last 30 games of his career for the Irish and ranks as one of the top pass rushers in school history. He finished his career with 21.5 sacks (third best all-time) and 40.0 tackles for loss (tied for fourth best). Last season, Abiamiri was named Notre Dame’s Lineman of the Year for the second straight season by the Moose Krause Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. He led the team in sacks with 10.5 which tied him for 15th in the NCAA and is the second-highest single-season total in school history.
Offensive tackle Ryan Harris was the third and final Notre Dame player drafted on day one. Harris was chosen by the Denver Broncos in the third round with the 70th overall selection.
A St. Paul, Minn. native, Harris started 45 games during his career, including 37 consecutive over the last three seasons. He helped an explosive Irish offense that averaged 31.0 points and 389.8 yards per game (264.1 passing, 125.7 rushing). Harris paved the way for former halfback Darius Walker, who eclipsed 100 rushing yards in each of the last six games and became just the fourth Notre Dame running back to ever eclipse 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.
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