NEW YORK CITY – Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and safety John Boyett were chosen on the final day of the NFL Draft by Carolina and Indianapolis, respectively, Saturday as only 10 picks separated the two former teammates in the sixth round in the three-day event held in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.
Their selection brought the number of former Ducks’ taken in this year’s draft to five, which marked the program’s most players chosen in the player dispersal lottery in four years.
Dion Jordan and Kyle Long were previously chosen in the draft’s first round Thursday, while Kiko Alonso was selected in yesterday’s second round.
Barner, who was chosen with the 14th pick of the sixth round (182nd overall) will join former Oregon running back great Jonathan Stewart with Carolina. Stewart was a first-round choice with the Panthers in 2008.
Boyett was the 24th player grabbed in the same round (192nd overall).
Barner earned consensus All-America honors his senior year while finishing fourth in the country in rushing (135.9 avg.) and second in the Pac-12 Conference. Despite starting only 21 of his 49 collegiate appearances, he completed his collegiate career with his 14 100-yard rushing efforts bettered by only former teammate LaMichael James (26).
He accumulated 3,623 career rushing yards to rank second on the school’s all-time rushing list (behind James), second on the Ducks’ career all-purpose yards chart (5,848) and third on the program’s career scoring ledger (300 points).
Boyett was a second-team all-conference choice as a junior and was afforded pre-season All-America acclaim prior to his final year before suffering a season-ending knee injury his second game into the 2012 season. He led the Ducks in tackles as a freshman and a junior, tallying 108 tackles during the 2011 campaign, and completed his collegiate tenure with 278 tackles, 29 deflected passes and 10 interceptions for 126 yards and one touchdown.
Included was a personal-best 17 tackles in the 2012 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin.