LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming senior linebacker Mark Nzeocha traded one Cowboy uniform for another on Saturday, when the Dallas Cowboys selected the former Wyoming Cowboy as the 19th pick in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Nzeocha was the 236th overall selection in this year's NFL Draft on Saturday.
He was ranked No. 5 in the Mountain West and No. 45 in the NCAA in tackles, averaging 9.2 tackles per game, when he suffered a torn ACL in the seventh game of the 2014 season versus San Jose State, which ended his season. He also was named a Midseason First Team All-Mountain West selection by college football analyst Phil Steele prior to suffering his injury.
Nzeocha not only represented his Wyoming Cowboys well on the field but also off the field. He earned Academic All-Conference honors for the third straight year, achieving a cumulative-grade-point average of 3.41 in finance, and earlier this week was named to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society.
The senior from Neusitz, Germany became the third Cowboy drafted in the last two years. A year ago, UW free safety Marqueston Huff was drafted by the Tennessee Titans as the 22nd selection in the fourth round, and wide receiver Robert Herron was selected as the ninth pick in the sixth round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That is the first time since the 2006 and 2007 NFL Drafts that Wyoming has had NFL Draft selections in back-to-back years. The last time it happened Wyoming defensive backs Derrick Martin (2006: 6th Round, 39th pick by Baltimore Ravens) and John Wendling (2007: 6th Round, 10th Pick, by Buffalo Bills) were taken in back-to-back NFL Drafts.