Jensen selected in NFL Draft by Super Bowl champion Ravens

NEW YORK, N.Y. (GoThunderWolves.com - April 27, 2013) - A dream came true Saturday for former CSU-Pueblo offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, who became the first ThunderWolf since 1984 selected in the National Football League Draft, selected in the sixth round by the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, it was announced at the NFL Draft, being held in New York, N.Y.

In doing so, Jensen becomes the fourth CSU-Pueblo football player to be drafted.  He joins former ThunderWolves Frank Grant, who was selected in the 13th round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, Glen Printers, who was selected in the 13th round of the 1975 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, and Herman Heard, who was selected in the third round of the 1984 NFL Draft.  

A native of Fort Morgan, Colo., Jensen arrived on the ThunderWolves in 2009 as a 6-foot-3, 225-pound tackle starting as a true freshman.  He has grown - both literally and figuratively - into the most dominant offensive lineman in program history.  Now at 6-foot-4 and 317 pounds, he has four years as a starting tackle under his belt, All-American honors in 2011 and 2012, and was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award, given to the top Division II lineman.

He is the first NFL draftee from a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference since 1989, when former San Diego Charger wide receiver Tony Martin was drafted in the fifth round.  Since the NFL adopted the 7-round draft in 1994, no RMAC players have been drafted.

Additionally, as a 6th round pick, he is the highest RMAC draft pick since Martin in 1989.

RMAC Players selected in the NFL Draft (Current RMAC schools only)

Year   Player   School   Round   Team   Pick Overall   Years of Pro Career
1940   Marvin Katzenstein   Colorado Mines   20   Pittsburgh   182   Did not play

  Lloyd Madden   Colorado Mines   3   Chicago Cardinals   16   1 (1940)
1945   Nestor Blanco   Colorado Mines   26   Green Bay   274   Did not play
1948   Bob Walker   Colorado Mines   8   L.A. Rams   60   Did not play
1949   Harvey Kingry   Colorado Mines   22   Philadelphia   221   Did not play
1958   Bill C. Miller   N.M. Highlands   21   Chicago   245   1962
1961   Ray Ramsey   Adams State   25   Dallas Texans   198   Did not play
1961   Charlie Cowan   N.M. Highlands   5   Denver   33   1961-75

 
      (4   L.A. Rams   45)    
1962   Carl Palazzo   Adams State   11   Washington   141   Did not play

  LeRoy Weaver   Adams State   10   Chicago   133   Did not play

  Bill C. Miller   N.M. Highlands   17   Houston Oilers   135   1962
1966   Hugh Wright   Adams State   15   Minnesota   223   Did not play

  John Tooker   Adams State   20   Miami   173   Did not play
1967   Don Alley   Adams State   16   Baltimore Colts   413   1967-69

  Don Cockroft   Adams State   3   Cleveland   55   1968-80
1968   Tom Bilotta   Adams State   16   N.Y. Jets   426   Did not play

  John Harper   Adams State   7   Oakland   168   Did not play

  Jim Vuono   Adams State   16   Boston Patriots   396   Did not play
1969   Carl Garrett   N.M. Highlands   3   Boston Patriots   58   1969-77
1970   Mike Brunson   Colorado Mesa   11   Atlanta   272   1970

  Bennie Francis*   Chadron State   15   Minnesota   388   Did not play
    Dave Graham   N.M. Highlands   9   L.A. Rams   230   Did not play
    Greg Roero   N.M. Highlands   12   Boston Patriots   291   Did not play
1971   Mike Savoy*   Black Hills St.   9   St. Louis Cardinals   225   Did not play

  Len Garrett   N.M. Highlands   15   Green Bay   374   1971-75
    McKinney Evans   N.M. Highlands   14   Pittsburgh   346   Did not play
    Bill Bynum*   Western N.M.   14   Washington   349   Did not play
1972   Frank Grant   CSU-Pueblo   13   Washington   332   1973-79

  Larry Brunson   Colorado Mesa   11   Denver   263   1974-80

  Cephus Weatherspoon   Fort Lewis   13   New Orleans   320   1972
1973   Perry Smith   Colorado Mesa   4   Oakland   92   1973-81
1974   Mike Flater   Colorado Mines   9   Washington   228   Did not play

  Sam Williams   N.M. Highlands   12   San Diego   289   1974-76
    Don Woods   N.M. Highlands   6   Green Bay   134   1974-80
1975   Glen Printers   CSU-Pueblo   13   San Diego   335   Did not play
    Greg Westbrooks   Colorado Mesa   17   New Orleans   422   1975-81
    Mark Cotney   N.M. Highlands   7   Houston Oilers   171   1975-84
1981   Justin Cross   Western St.   10   Buffalo   272   1982-86
1984   Herman Heard   CSU-Pueblo   3   Kansas City   61   1984-89

  Don Holmes   Colorado Mesa   12   Atlanta   318   1986-90

  Sam Seale   Western St.   8   L.A. Raiders   224   1984-93
1985   Walter Stanley   Colorado Mesa   4   Green Bay   98   1985-92
1987   Alonzo Williams   Colorado Mesa   12   L.A. Rams   326   1987
1989   Don Beebe*   Chadron State   3   Buffalo   82   1989-97

  Tony Martin   Colorado Mesa   5   N.Y. Jets   126   1990-2001
2003   Richard Angulo*   Western N.M.   7   St. Louis   254   2003-08
2013   Ryan Jensen   CSU-Pueblo   6   Baltimore Ravens   203   ???

* Not a member of the RMAC at time of selection