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Former UW wide receiver and 1994 2nd round NFL Draft selection Ryan Yarborough recalls his NFL Draft experience

The University of Wyoming has a tradition of sending players to the NFL, and Ryan Yarborough is one of the most notable NFL Draft selections after his standout career for the Pokes.
Former University of Wyoming wide receiver and 1994 NFL Draft selection Ryan Yarborough...
Former University of Wyoming wide receiver and 1994 NFL Draft selection Ryan Yarborough recalling his NFL Draft experience during a Zoom interview on April 28, 2021.
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 12:08 AM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The University of Wyoming did not have any players selected in this year’s NFL Draft, which was the first time since 2016. Craig Bohl has turned Laramie into a pro football factory.

During his time as the head coach of the Cowboys, seven players have heard their names called during the NFL Draft.

The University of Wyoming has a long tradition of sending Pokes to the pros though. Ryan Yarborough was a standout wide receiver during his tenure in Laramie in the early 1990′s.

Yarborough was an All-American twice and finished his career as one of the best college wide receivers the game had ever seen. When he entered the NFL Draft, he expected to be a late first round or early second round selection.

“It was just about getting my name called,” said Yarborough in an interview before the 2021 NFL Draft recalling his draft day experience.

Eventually, Yarborough was selected in the second round with the 41st overall selection by the New York Jets.

“I always tell people that was one of the most stressful times of my life,” said Yarborouh. “Simply for the fact of the unknown. Not knowing where you’re going. Not knowing when you’re going to be drafted. I had an idea, but until your name gets called, you get that phone call, there’s always speculation.”

Yarborough said he also had a sense of relief for his family. “Just for them to be able to go out and have a sense of feeling that all the support that they gave me has paid off,” said Yarborough.

Yarborough played two seasons for the New York Jets and enjoyed a five-year stint in the NFL.

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