Omaha South graduate Noah Fant became the first Nebraskan selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in 32 years when he was selected 20th overall by the Broncos. The former Iowa tight end was the all-time leader in receiving touchdowns in Iowa City.
It's the first time a Nebraskan has been taken in the first since Rushville's Kelly Stouffer was taken sixth by the St. Louis Cardinals and Lincoln Northeast's Danny Noonan was taken number 12 by the Cowboys in 1987.
Fant is just the third Hawkeye tight end ever taken in the first round, joining Dallas Clark, who was picked 24th by the Indianapolis Colts in 2003 and teammate T.J. Hockenson, who was taken earlier Thursday by the Detroit Lions. He is the ninth first-rounder under head coach Kirk Ferentz.
It marks the first time that two tight ends from the same school have been taken in the first round. It is also the first time the Hawkeyes have had two first-round selections since 1997 when defensive back Tom Knight was chosen by Arizona (seventh) and offensive lineman Ross Verba by Green Bay (30th).