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    A trio of University of Louisville football players were selected in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday night.

    Jamon Brown, John Miller and Lorenzo Mauldin were taken on the second day of the draft to become the second, third and fourth Cardinals picked this year after wide receiver DeVante Parker was chosen in Thursday night’s first round.

    Brown, an offensive tackle, went 72nd overall (eighth in the third round) to the St. Louis Rams. Miller, an offensive guard, was selected 81st by the Buffalo Bills while Mauldin, an outside linebacker, was taken 82nd by the New York Jets.

    “I’m excited for all three of those players who were selected (in the third round),” UofL coach Bobby Petrino said in a release. “As seniors, they were true leaders on our team and meant a lot to the success of this program over the last four seasons. They all came in together and helped build this program. We are going to miss their leadership, but I wish them luck during their pro careers.”

    Brown (pictured above), a Fern Creek High School graduate, started 40 games (including the last 39 in a row) on the offensive line during his career. Meanwhile Miller, a Miami, Fla. native, started 47 games (including 33 in a row) on the O-line. Brown was a second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick this past season while Miller was an all-ACC honorable mention.

    Meanwhile Mauldin, a dominating pass-rusher from Atlanta, recorded 20.5 quarterback sacks (which is ninth in school history) and 119 tackles in 49 career games. This past season Mauldin earned first team all-ACC honors with 51 tackles, including 13 for loss.

    “I can’t thank my UofL football family enough,” said Mauldin, who had a difficult life as a youth before landing at Louisville, in a release. “They took me in, loved me, cared for me and gave me the support I needed to achieve all my goals and help me make something of my life. I’m thankful for both Coach (Charlie) Strong and Coach Petrino for sticking by me. I couldn’t have achieved any of this without my teammates, the staff and my coaches. I’m just so excited and thankful right now.”

    Over the past four seasons those three helped lead Louisville to 39 victories and four bowl-game appearances.  

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