With the 193rd pick in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected two-time, University of South Dakota All-American, senior offensive lineman Tom Compton, Saturday afternoon at the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York. Compton becomes the 12th Coyote drafted in school history and the first since 1990.
"This is truly a great feeling to be drafted into the NFL," Compton said. "I have worked so hard for this goal and I'm excited to get the opportunity to play. The entire draft process has been a great one, I knew when I selected my agent I would have a great chance of making my dream a reality. All of the work put in Training for the combine and pro day prepared me well."
Compton, a native of Rosemount, MN, becomes the first draftee USD has had under the current seven-round draft format, and is the first Coyote drafted since Dave Elle in 1990 to the Phoenix Cardinals.
"Time couldn't have gone by any slower in anticipation, but now it's time to go to work and make the team," Compton went on to say. "I would like to thank my family, all my teammates, coaches, staff and faculty at USD for supporting me and believing in me. I know not many Coyotes get this opportunity and I will do my best to represent the University. I'm definitely proud to be a Coyote."