April 29, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University safety Eric Frampton, a 2006 Pacific-10 Conference first team honoree, was selected in the fifth round of the 2007 National Football League draft Sunday by te Oakland Raiders. Frampton, selected with the 165th overall pick and 28th in the fifth round, joins teammate Jason Hill as the only Cougars selected during the 2007 draft. Hill was selected in the third round by the San Francisco 49ers.
Frampton's selection by the Raiders means he will have the chance to play near his hometown of San Jose, Calif.
In 2006 Frampton earned his first all-conference honor after leading the Cougars in tackles with 100, to go along with a team-leading five interceptions, eight pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Frampton had a career-high 16 tackles, nine solo, with a tackle for loss in WSU's 34-23 upset of No. 16 Oregon, for which he was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. In the Apple Cup against Washington, Frampton had a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown, the second of his career. He led WSU in tackles six times during the season.
Frampton was also named to the All-Pac-10 first team by Rivals.com and Scout.com, while earning WSU's defensive MVP honor and its Fred Bohler Award for Cougar Inspiration. Following the season he participated in the 2007 Hula Bowl and the 2007 NFL Combine.