Lehigh OL Rackley goes to the Jaguars
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Will Rackley became Lehigh's first NFL draft selection since 1995 when the Jacksonville Jaguars selected the offensive lineman in the third round with the 76th overall pick Friday night.
Rackley, who measures 6-3 1/2, 309 pounds, played tackle at Lehigh, but is expected to shift inside to guard in the NFL. The three-time All-Patriot League first-team selection uses his strength wisely and has excellent technique.
Rackley, from Riversale, Ga., was Lehigh's first draftee since defensive end Rich Owens was selected in the fifth round (No. 152 overall) by the Washington Redskins in 1995.
Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, there have been eight Lehigh players selected in the draft. The highest pick was quarterback Kim McQuilken, who was selected in the third round (69th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in 1974.
"It's a great feeling to have a chance to play pro football," Rackley said in the days leading up to the draft. "Going back to when I was a kid playing with my brothers in the backyard, it's something I've always wanted to do, so it's really a dream come true. It's a rare opportunity and one I'm definitely looking to take advantage of."
04/29 21:38:04 ET