Before the start of the NFL draft Thursday night, commissioner Roger Goodell paid tribute to the three University of Virginia football players who were killed in a shooting on Grounds at the campus in November.
The families of Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandlerwere all in attendance to receive the honor.
Perry — a Miami native — was an honorary pick for the Dolphins, while Davis and Chandler were picks for the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars.
"With the first pick of the 2023 NFL Draft..."— Virginia Cavaliers (@VirginiaSports) April 28, 2023
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The three were killed on a chartered bus after returning from a trip to Washington D.C.
Another player, Mike Hollins, was shot and survived. He'sreturned to the fieldsince recovering.
A fifth student was also shot and survived.
A former football player and student was arrested and charged for the shooting.