Fugger to Colts gives Vanderbilt a pair of NFL draft picks

Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:22pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt defensive end Tim Fugger was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the NFL draft on Saturday night.

Fugger was the seventh pick in the final round and second Commodore taken over the three days of selections. The Green Bay Packers took cornerback Casey Hayward in Friday’s second round.

The native of Oak Brook, Ill. enjoyed a breakout 2011 season with eight sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder also forced three fumbles to finish with eight for his career.

“Tim Fugger is going to give a coaching staff everything he has,” Vanderbilt coach James Franklin said. “Coaches love players like Tim Fugger, guys that just go extremely hard every play. Tim is extremely athletic, and brings a tremendous combination of speed, quickness and strength.”

This marks the first time in two years that two Vanderbilt players were taken in the same draft. In 2010, cornerback Myron Lewis (Tampa Bay) and offensive tackle Thomas Welch (New England) were selected in the third and seventh rounds, respectively.