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NFL teams select six Missouri Tigers in draft

Sunday, April 26, 2009 | 6:50 p.m. CDT; updated 9:21 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 26, 2009

 KANSAS CITY— Colin Brown grew up — and up, and up — about an hour northeast of Kansas City.

As a youngster, he would sit in the stands in Arrowhead Stadium and wonder how cool it would be to come running through that tunnel onto that field.

Now he actually might find out. The native of Braymer, who spent the past four years blocking for Missouri, joined five Tiger teammates when he was taken in the NFL draft.

The Big 12 North champion Tigers had six players selected in the NFL Draft and three of those players were selected on Sunday. Tight end Chase Coffman was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round. Brown was selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round and defensive end Stryker Sulak was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round.

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (Philadelphia), defensive tackle Evander "Ziggy" Hood (Pittsburgh), safety William Moore (Atlanta) were selected on Saturday by their new teams.

Former Missouri quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist Chase Daniel was not selected. Daniel has signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins. Daniel's representation, Select Sports Group, confirmed the deal.

The Chiefs need plenty of help on the offensive line, and Brown was filled with emotions when he learned he would play for his home state.

"I have been a lifelong Chiefs fan," said the 6-foot-7, 325-pounder. "I was definitely shocked, excited and a whole bunch of emotions all at once."

Brown said he had seen several Chiefs games in Arrowhead when he was in junior high school and younger.

"I definitely did wonder what (running through the tunnel) would be like," he said. "I remember watching the great entrances they have and thinking how cool it would be to get to do that."

Now that the opportunity is at hand, exactly how cool does he think it would be?

"I think it will be an awesome feeling," he said. "I don't even know how to describe it."

At various times in his Missouri career, Brown played just about every position on the offensive line. He spent the past two seasons at right tackle.

"This is a dream come true," he said. "Everybody (in the Braymer area) is a Chiefs fan. To be able to be right here staying at home and playing for the Chiefs is unbelievable, a dream come true. I really had no idea what to expect this morning when I woke up. I was just hoping to get a chance."

Missouri led the Big 12 in NFL draft selections with six selections. Oklahoma had five and Texas and Texas Tech each had four players chosen. National Champion Florida only had three players selected. Southern California had the most players selected by NFL teams with 11.

"We thought it would be a good day for us," Brown said of the Tigers. "We all came into college and our goal was to win a conference championship. This is part of the process, one of the last steps, when our careers at Mizzou were over that we wanted to accomplish."

Maclin and Hoodgave the school two first-rounders for the first time since 1977. Moore made it three players on the first day when he was plucked in the second round.

Missouri is coming off consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time in school history. Last year, the school had two players drafted and both in the fourth round, with tight end Martin Rucker going to the Browns and wide receiver Will Franklin to the Chiefs.

The draft haul is the school's largest since 1981, when seven players were taken, including offensive tackle Howard Richards in the first round and a pair of second-rounders, James Wilder and Eric Wright.

Injuries might have held back Coffman, who set an NCAA record for career receptions by a tight end. He's been slow to heal from a broken foot sustained in the Alamo Bowl victory over Northwestern, and he was hindered by turf toe during the season.

Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes played with Coffman's father, former NFL tight end Paul Coffman, on the Chiefs.

"I've known this kid since he was a baby," Hayes said. "I know his work ethic. This kid will work hard and be able to play and have all the nuances of the game.

"I think it will take some time, but not a lot of time."

Associated Press sports writer R.B. Fallstrom in St. Louis contributed to this story.

 


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