Porter, Hardy Selected in Round Two of NFL Draft
April 26, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana cornerback Tracy Porter and wide receiver James Hardy were selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft on Saturday evening. The New Orleans Saints took Porter with the 40th pick, while the Buffalo Bills picked Hardy in the 41st slot.
"We are extremely proud of both Tracy and James," Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. "They gave everything they had to Indiana University and have been rewarded for all of their efforts. We congratulate them and look forward to watching their NFL careers for many years to come."
Indiana and Michigan were the only two Big Ten teams with multiple selections on day one. This marks the first time the Hoosiers have had two players selected on day one of the NFL Draft since 1988. The New York Giants selected Eric Moore with the 10th overall pick, and the Cleveland Browns took Van Waiters in the third round (77th pick) that year.
Porter is the earliest Hoosier pick since Nathan Davis went to the Atlanta Falcons with the 32nd pick (second round) in 1997. He is the first IU player to get drafted by New Orleans since Vaughn Dunbar (21st pick) in 1992. Hardy is the first Hoosier to head to Buffalo since Victor Allotey (198th pick, round seven) in 1998.
A 2007 team captain, All-Big Ten selection and Rivals.com All-Big Ten honoree, Porter etched his name into the Hoosier record book during his senior campaign. He finished the 2007 season with a team-high six interceptions and tied for third on IU's single-season list with his career-high six picks - the first Hoosier since Mark Sutor in 1982 to reach the six-interception mark. Porter also finished second on the school's career interception list with 16 picks, trailing only Tim Wilbur's 19. He does hold the top spot on the career interception return yardage list with 413 yards, breaking Wilbur's mark of 360.
In 2007, Hardy became the Hoosiers' all-time and single-season record holder in receptions and touchdown catches and holds the school's career mark in receiving yards. He was a first team All-Big Ten selection and was named an All-American by the Associated Press, SI.com, Rivals.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Hardy is the Hoosiers' all-time receiving leader in touchdowns (36), yards (2,740) and receptions (191). He is the only wide receiver in Indiana history to surpass 2,500 career yards, 175 career receptions and 35 career touchdowns.
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