With Ben Gardner's seventh-round selection by the Dallas Cowboys, Stanford equaled its most prolific showing in the NFL draft since 1936.

Gardner was the sixth Cardinal player chosen -- five of them on Saturday -- matching a total reached seven times previously, most recently in 2005. The only draft in which Stanford had more players chosen was the very first one, in 1936, when seven Cardinal players went in a nine-team, nine-round process.

Prior to Gardner's selection at No. 231, running back Tyler Gaffney was chosen with the 204th overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round. Two years earlier, Gaffney was a 24th-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the major league baseball draft.

Two members of Stanford's vaunted offensive line, tackle Cameron Fleming and guard David Yankey, were drafted within 20 minutes of each other Saturday.

Fleming went to the New England Patriots with the final pick of the fourth round, at No. 140 overall. Five picks later, Yankey was taken by the Minnesota Vikings.

Then safety Ed Reynolds was taken by the Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 162 pick.

Outside linebacker Trent Murphy was the first Stanford player drafted, taken Friday in the second round, 47th overall, by Washington.

Gaffney spent the summer of 2012 playing for the Pirates' Class-A New York/Penn League affiliate, and batted a solid .297. But Gaffney returned to Stanford and last fall became the offense's workhorse, carrying the ball 330 times for 1,708 yards and 21 touchdowns.

"If you want a hard runner, a guy who goes north and south and gets every yard there is to get, it's Tyler Gaffney," said ESPN analyst Bill Polian. "He does not have big speed, does not have shake and bake. He's got great vision and maybe the vest want-to of any back in this draft. I would not bet against him."

The 6-foot, 220-pounder was at his best for the Pac-12 champions in some of their biggest games. Gaffney ran for 157 yards on 45 attempts in a 26-20 win over Oregon, carried 36 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-10 defeat of UCLA, then 33 tries for 189 yards in a 27-20 conquest of Notre Dame.

Gaffney is the third Stanford running back picked in five years, following Stepfan Taylor (Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round) in 2013 and Toby Gerhart (Minnesota Vikings in the second round) in 2010.

Gardner (6-4, 275) was a first-team all-Pac-12 Conference selection last fall, despite missing the final month of the season. Gardner tore a pectoral muscle against Oregon State on Oct. 26 and had season-ending surgery.

Gardner finished his abbreviated season with 19 tackles, including 2.5 sacks. He totaled 14.5 sacks for his Stanford career.

Fleming (6-4, 323 pounds) was second-team all-Pac-12 Conference selection last fall as a junior. He is a month away from earning his degree in aeronautics and astronautics.

"I can't be an astronaut ... I'm actually an inch too tall. But if I was going to go down that route I would have given it my all," Fleming told reporters. "Now I'm going down the NFL route and playing with the Patriots and I'm just going to give it my all."

Yankey (6-5, 315) was a two-time consensus All-America pick for the Cardinal. He played both guard and tackle at Stanford and now will get a chance to help pave the way for All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson.

"I like most everything about him," Polian said. "When you're blocking at Stanford, you're blocking for the running game. When you're blocking for Minnesota, you're blocking for A.P.

"He's a better athlete than you think. He's pro-ready. He's a run-blocking guard and those people are valued in the NFL."

Born in Sydney, Australia and raised in Roswell, GA., Yankey has come a long way since being modestly rated by Scout.com as the No. 44 offensive tackle prospect in the nation as a high school senior.

Reynolds, a two-time first-team, all-Pac-12 Conference selection, follows in the footsteps of his father, Ed Reynolds, who played 10 seasons in the NFL for the New England Patriots (1983-91) and New York Giants (1992).

A 6-1, 207-pounder, Reynolds had a breakthrough season as a junior in 2012, when he had six interceptions.

Reynolds is the first Stanford defensive back to be taken in the draft since 2011 when the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks picked All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.