He had to wait three days, but Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy’s call finally came from the NFL as the New York Jets selected him with the No. 208 overall pick in the seventh and final round.
“This is the perfect place to go,” McElroy told ESPN shortly after being selected. “I know Mark (Sanchez) very well I really believe in Rex Ryan’s system and I’m happy to be a member of the New York Jets.”
McElroy, who threw for 2,987 yards and 20 touchdowns with only five interceptions in 2010, was the 12th quarterback selected in the draft. Four quarterbacks were chosen in the first round, highlighted by No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton of Auburn, and three more went in the second and third rounds on Friday.
On Saturday, Iowa’s Ricky Stanzi (Chiefs, fifth round), North Carolina’s Taylor Yates (Texans, fifth round), Idaho’s Nathan Enderle (Bears, fifth round), and Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor (Ravens, sixth round) came off the board before the Jets chose McElroy.
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