And the NFL's restrictions on numbers for positions also play a role. That's what defensive end
Smith's number at Western Kentucky, 93, belongs to 2011 draft pick
"I didn't pick the number, they just told me they had 60 through 79, I told them I'd take whatever -- well, I told them I'd take anything between 60 and 69," Smith said.
Until the last decade, numbers from 10 to 19 were largely off-limits for wide receivers, who were shoehorned into the 80s. That restriction has loosened up, although fifth-round wideout
A bond with fellow ex-Bulldog wide receiver Marlon Brown, who signed with Houston as an undrafted free agent, led King to take No. 15.
"It's funny, I used to wear 15 in practice every day, I used to switch jerseys with Marlon Brown," King said. "No. 12 wasn't available, so I was like, 'I can rock 15. It's nothing new to me.' So, 15 it was."
Sixth-round offensive lineman
No. 77 had no sentimental value to Painter -- but No. 70 did.
"I picked 77 because it was one of the numbers available. I thought it was a pretty good number," he said. "But once 70 opened up, my old high school number, they asked me did I want it and I felt as though since I'm back in orange and blue -- my old high-school colors (at Maury H.S. in Norfolk, Va.) -- I might as well go back to the high-school number, too."
"They (the Broncos' equipment staff) gave me about four numbers to pick from and [No.] 2 was the best for me," Dysert said. "I liked it the best, so I went with it."