After not having a player selected last year in the NFL Draft, Arizona had two go back-to-back Saturday with defensive end Roy Lopez and running back Gary Brightwell going in the sixth round with picks 195 and 196.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) May 1, 2021
Lopez was selected by the Houston Texans, who have drafted Arizona defensive linemen Earl Mitchell and Brooks Reed in the past.
Gary Brightwell’s comin’ to Big Blue❗️
— New York Giants (@Giants) May 1, 2021
Brightwell was selected by the New York Giants, making him Arizona’s first running back selected in the draft since 2014 when Ka’Deem Carey went 117th overall to the Chicago Bears.
Here’s social media reactions from Lopez and Brightwell getting selected in the NFL Draft:
HOUSTON, TEXAS!!! LET’S WORK 💪🏻 https://t.co/6p629Bll44
— Roy Lopez (@RLopez_51) May 1, 2021
Dreams really do come true 🤫 Big Blue pic.twitter.com/wc6eZ8EnSp
— Gary Brightwell (@G_Brightwell21) May 1, 2021
Congratulations to both @G_Brightwell21 and @rlopez_51 on being taken back to back in this years @NFLDraft! So excited for them and the many more in the years to come! #itspersonal https://t.co/QGFVka2zhB
— Jedd Fisch (@CoachJeddFisch) May 1, 2021
Mannnnnn they done let my dawg in!!!! The giants got a steal in the draft! 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/qcuBB1NXCY
— CY (@cy_cinco) May 1, 2021
— AJ Steward (@Coach_Steward) May 1, 2021
Welcome to Houston @RLopez_51!
Texans take the Arizona DT in the 6th round.
Lopez comes from a coaching family – his dad Roy Sr. is a successful head coach in both PHX & Tucson areas.
Roy had to step outside as the pick happened because his family was do excited: pic.twitter.com/ujRbQlsOfm
— Ari Alexander (@KPRC2Ari) May 1, 2021
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) May 1, 2021
Just got off the phone with @CoachRoyLopez… tears of joy after hearing his son’s name called!!!!! Former @MHSAthletics1 and @ArizonaFBall DL @RLopez_51 was selected in the 6th round by the #Texans. Here was the story we did on him leading up to the draft. 🌵 pic.twitter.com/SDyKEJdj5h
— Cameron Cox (@CamCox12) May 1, 2021
— Stanley Berryhill III (@stanb14_sb) May 1, 2021
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) May 1, 2021
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.