April 27, 2008
Omon Selected in Sixth Round of NFL Draft
NEW YORK CITY - The Buffalo Bills selected former Northwest Missouri State student-athlete Xavier Omon in the sixth round as the 179th overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, conducted today in New York City's Radio City Music Hall. Omon is the sixth Bearcat ever drafted by the NFL and the first since Dave Tollefson was drafted in the seventh round by the Green Bay Packers in 2006.
Omon concluded his collegiate career last season as the first player in NCAA history to rush for 1,500 yards in all four seasons. He led Division II last season with 2,337 rushing yards and became the second player in Division II history to rush for 7,000 yards during a career.
He earned four All-America awards in 2007 and was named the Offensive Player of the Year by D2Football.com, the MIAA Offensive Player of the Year and the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game MVP. He holds 32 Northwest game, season, career and postseason records and is the all-time leading rusher in MIAA history.
Omon was the second Division II player selected in the 2008 draft, behind Brandon Carr of Grand Valley State (fifth round).
All-time Northwest NFL Draft Selections:
1. Bob Haller (Chicago Bears, 1959, 23rd round, 273rd overall pick)
2. Ed Tillison (Detroit Lions, 1992, 11th round, 306th overall pick)
3. Chris Greisen (Arizona Cardinals, 1999, 7th round, 239th overall pick)
4. Seth Wand (Houston Texans, 2003, 3rd round, 75th overall pick)
5. Dave Tollefson (Green Bay Packers, 2006, 7th round, 253rd overall pick)
6. Xavier Omon (Buffalo Bills, 2008, 6th round, 179th overall pick)
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