April 25, 2009
Arizona offensive tackle Eben Britton, who eschewed his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft, was rewarded today as the seventh pick in the second round by Jacksonville.
Britton, 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection after helping lead the Wildcats to an 8-5 record and Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl victory over BYU in 2008. He was a second-team pick in 2007 as a sophomore.
Britton redshirted in 2005, and started at right tackle for two years and at left tackle his final year with the Wildcats, earning acclaim as a gifted pass protector and run-blocker with outstanding technique. He was on the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists.
Britton follows former teammate Antoine Cason (cornerback, 1st round, San Diego in 2008), as one of Arizona head coach Mike Stoops' top draft picks. Chris Henry, a running back, also was picked in the second round by Tennessee in 2007.
The selection by Jacksonville made Britton the fourth offensive tackle taken in the draft, including the Jags' first-round pick at No. 8 of Eugene Monroe of Virginia. Britton was the 39th overall selection. He was the sixth player from a Pac-10 team drafted this year.