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NC State 1 of 10 With #1 Pick in NFL & NBA

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NC State 1 of 10 With #1 Pick in NFL & NBA

Last night, published an article examining how many college’s have produced a #1 draft pick in both the NFL and the NBA Drafts.  Out of all of the college’s that offer both football and basketball, only 10 schools have ever accomplished this feat, and NC State is one of them.

10 schools have had a player selected #1 overall in both the NFL and NBA Drafts (Modern Era):

 Here’s the small excerpt they wrote on NC State’s two #1 draft picks.

N.C. State

NFL: Mario Williams (2006, Houston Texans)
NBA: David Thompson (1975, Atlanta Hawks)

Looking back: Williams is quickly closing in on 100 career sacks entering his 10th NFL season. He set a career high with 14.5 at age 29 last year. Thompson was the top pick of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks but signed with the ABA’s Denver Nuggets in 1975. He made four NBA All-Star teams and averaged over 20 points a game in his first five seasons, but his career was cut short by injuries and substance abuse. (Via

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Apex, NC.

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