David Mayo, Scappoose alumni, drafted by Carolina Panthers
Mayo selected by Carolina in the 5th round
What with the number of high-profile sporting events scheduled for Saturday afternoon, May 2 has been referred to as the best sports day of the year. But for one Scappoose family, the day was truly special.
Former Scappoose High School and Texas State University linebacker David Mayo was selected with the 169th pick overall, the fifth-round selection from the Carolina Panthers in the 2015 NFL Draft. Mayo joins former Scappoose and Oregon State University standout Derek Anderson, who was drafted in the sixth round by Baltimore and eventually found his way to Carolina.
Mayo ranked near the top of Division-I football in total tackles, and finished his senior season in the top-10 in single-season tackles in Texas State history. A somewhat undersized but not under-worked inside linebacker in college, Mayo may be forced to switch positions in order to make a roster spot with the Panthers.
With Scappoose being a relatively tiny high school by national comparisons, and Texas State University playing in the Sun Belt Conference, many national news outlets didn't know much about Mayo and so they had a little fun.