By BEN JOHNSON
It took until the final round, but after 21 years, it was worth the wait. When Michael Bowie's name was called during the seventh round of the NFL draft, he ended a long drought for Northeastern State football players in pro football's annual selection show.
Bowie, NSU's left tackle in 2012, was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the 36th pick in the final round, and he was the 242nd pick overall.
"You don't see Northeastern State on ESPN very often," NSU head coach Kenny Evans said. "It's been quite a while since we've had anyone."
Bowie became the 10th player drafted in NSU history and the first since Derrick Moore in 1992. The former Sand Springs standout joined NSU after transferring from Oklahoma State prior to his senior season. As a member of the RiverHawks, Bowie recorded a team-high 47 knockdowns and did not allow a sack on the quarterback.
"He did what he was supposed to do," Evans said. "He got a second chance, and I'm excited for him."
In Seattle, Bowie joins another former Oklahoma State left tackle, Russell Okung — who is also represented by Bowie's agent, Peter Schaffer.
"He's like a mentor," Bowie said of Okung on a conference call Saturday night. "We didn't really talk too much after I left football at Oklahoma State. Anytime we were at practice, or anything like that, I tried to get as much out of him as I could. He's a pretty good guy to look up to."
Leading up to the draft, Bowie was confident we would be taken at some point. He just had no idea when.
"I kind of felt it coming because (Seattle) reached out and told me they were thinking about taking me," Bowie said. "But they didn't know yet. It was just about me being patient."
On Bowie's ability at the next level, NFL Network's Mike Mayock said, "Another small-school kid. He has arm length and some athletic ability. He's what you would call a developmental kid."
Drafted ahead of Bowie in the seventh round was fellow Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association player, David Bass, a defensive end out of Missouri Western. Brandon Williams, a defensive tackle at Missouri Southern, was selected by Baltimore in the third round on Friday.
"The Missouri Western kid never got a sack against Bowie this year," Evans said. "A lot of players we've gone against go in the draft. That says a lot about who we're playing."
Also drafted on Saturday was Oklahoma defensive tackle Stacy McGee. The former Muskogee standout was taken 205th overall by the Oakland Raiders.