Sunday, April 25, 2010

Rutgers' Ryan D’Imperio selected by Vikings

Former Rutgers linebacker Ryan D’Imperio (Sewell, N.J.) was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft Saturday by the Minnesota Vikings. D’Imperio was chosen with the 237th pick of the NFL Draft.

D’Imperio was a two-year starter for the Scarlet Knights. In 50 career games, he totaled 185 tackles, 23 for loss, seven sacks and two interceptions. He was named Second Team All-BIG EAST following the 2008 season. As a junior, he totaled 93 tackles, including 12.5 for loss and 5.5 sacks.

D’Imperio will play fullback for the Vikings.

Rutgers finished with three players going in the 2010 NFL Draft. Joining D’Imperio were two first round selections – offensive tackle Anthony Davis (Piscataway, N.J.) 11th overall to the 49ers and defensive back Devin McCourty (Nanuet, N.Y.), who was selected 27th overall by the Patriots.

The Scarlet Knights were the only school in the BIG EAST with two first round selections and the first league school since 2004 to have multiple first round picks. In the last four NFL Drafts, Rutgers is tied for the BIG EAST lead with 13 players selected.

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