Former Penguin Avery Moss Selected In Fifth Round of NFL Draft By New York Giants

Avery Moss
Avery Moss

Former Youngstown State defensive standout Avery Moss was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft with pick No. 167.

He joins fellow YSU defensive tackle Derek Rivers as selections in this year's draft. Rivers was selected in the third round by the New England Patriots on Friday.

Moss, a first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2016, spent two seasons with the YSU program after transferring from Nebraska. 

He finished with 59 total tackles, including 42 solo stops this past season and was second on the team with 17.5 TFLs and 11 sacks behind Rivers. Moss had a team-high four forced fumbles. In the playoffs, he had 17 tackles, 14 of which were solo stops. In the Division I National Championship Game against James Madison he had eight tackles, seven of which were solos.

This is the first time since the 1984 draft that the Penguins had two players drafted in the same draft. In that draft, John Goode was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals and Paul McFadden was picked by the Philadelphia Eagles. It marks the fourth time a pair of Penguins were drafted in the same year (1979 and 1967 as well).

Moss Quotes Courtesy @Giants on Twitter

  • "It's a blessing to have this chance and get to play for the New York Giants."
  • "I'm relentless when it comes to effort. I never want to give up on a play."

NFL Draft Picks (23)

Avery Moss, New York Giants (5th round • No. 167 | 2017)
Derek Rivers, New England Patriots (3rd round • No. 83 | 2017) 
Harry Deligianis, Jacksonville (4th round • No. 118 | 1998)
Tony Tellington, Miami (9th round • No. 236 | 1993)
Jim Zdelar, Miami (7th round • No. 176 | 1989)
Bob Thompson, New Orleans (6th round • No. 142 | 1986)
John Goode, St. Louis Cardinals (5th round • No. 136 | 1984)
Paul McFadden, Philadelphia (12th round • No. 312 | 1984)
Quentin Lowry, Dallas (12th round • No. 329 | 1979)
Ed McGlasson, New York Jets (10th round • No. 263 | 1979)
Greg Fitzpatrick, Dallas (7th round • No. 191 | 1979)
Cliff Stoudt,  Pittsburgh (5th round • No. 121 | 1977)
Ron Jaworski, Los Angeles Rams (2nd round • No. 37 | 1973)
Dave DelSignore, San Francisco (15th round • No. 373 | 1970)
Craig Cotton, San Diego (8th round • No. 200 | 1969)
Jake Ferro, Miami (15th round • No. 372 | 1967)
Bill House, Cleveland (7th round • No. 177 | 1967)
Frank Horvath, Minnesota (19th round • No. 255 | 1963)
Joe Guido, Baltimore (14th round • No. 161 | 1957)
Ralph Goldston, Philadelphia (11th round • No. 125 | 1952)
Pete Lanzi, New York Giants (11th round • No. 86 | 1948)
Al Perl, Pittsburgh (16th round • No. 143 | 1946)
Leo Mogus, Washington (17th round • No. 180 | 1943)