The 2020 National Football League Draft will get underway this evening (Thursday 4/23).
The Northwest Missouri State Bearcat football program has had six players selected through the years in the NFL Draft. Let’s take a look at the selections through the years.
Fullback Ed Tillison became the first Bearcat to be selected in the NFL Draft in 1992. The Detroit Lions picked Tillison in the 11th round with the 306th overall selection. Tillison ranks No. 4 in Bearcat history with 3,525 rushing yards on 597 carries. Tillison was on the Lions roster in 1992 and 1993 and saw action in six NFL games.
Quarterback Chris Greisen led the Bearcats to their first NCAA national title in 1998 became the second draft pick in school history. The Arizona Cardinals tabbed Greisen with the 239th overall pick in the 7th round. Greisen played in five games for the Cardinals from 1999 to 2001. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent and was on their roster in 2010 and 2011. Greisen ranks No. 3 in Bearcat history with 68 touchdown passes. Greisen also ranks No. 4 at Northwest with 7,457 career passing yards.
Offensive tackle Seth Wand is the highest draft pick in school history with the Houston Texans selecting him in the third round with the 75th overall pick of the 2003 draft. Wand played three seasons with the Texans and started all 16 games in 2004. Wand would go on to play seven games for the Tennessee Titans in 2006 before completing his career with the Oakland Raiders in 2007 and 2008. Wand started 18 NFL games and saw action in 53 contests.
Defensive end Dave Tollefson was picked by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round (253rd overall selection) in the 2006 NFL Draft. Tollefson spent 2006 season on the Packers practice squad. He was signed to the Raiders practice squad in 2007, however in October 2007 he was signed by the New York Giants to their practice squad. Tollefson went on to play six games for the Giants in 2007 en route to a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots. Tollefson played 63 career games for the Giants and helped the franchise to another Super Bowl title in 2011 over the Patriots. Tollefson finished his NFL career with the Raiders in 2012. He played in 78 NFL games and registered 90 tackles and 10.5 sacks.
Tollefson ranks No. 6 in sacks (21.0) in Bearcat history.
Running back Xavier Omon was taken by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round (179th overall pick) in the 2008 NFL Draft. Omon played in seven NFL games and rushed 11 times for 27 yards for the Bills in 2008 and 2009. Omon also spent time on the practice squad for the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos. Omon holds numerous Bearcat records including 7,073 career rushing yards, 92 career rushing touchdowns, 590 career points, 98 career total touchdowns, 2,337 single-season rushing yards, 37 single-season rushing touchdowns, 309 single-game rushing yard and five single-game rushing touchdowns.
Defensive back Brandon Dixon went to the New York Jets in the sixth round (195th overall pick) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Dixon saw his first NFL action in 2014 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he played in 14 games with an interception. Dixon also started five games for the New York Giants in 2017. Dixon finished his NFL career with 30 tackles. He also was on the roster of the Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers. Dixon was a first-team All-America pick for the Bearcats in 2013 as he helped lead the program to its fourth NCAA Division II national title.
|Ed Tillison||Fullback||1992||11||306||Detroit Lions|
|Chris Greisen||Quarterback||1999||7||239||Arizona Cardinals|
|Seth Wand||Offensive Tackle||2003||3||75||Houston Texans|
|Dave Tollefson||Defensive End||2006||7||253||Green Bay Packers|
|Xavier Omon||Running Back||2008||6||179||Buffalo Bills|
|Brandon Dixon||Defensive Back||2014||6||195||New York Jets|