The Seattle Seahawks made Northeastern State offensive tackle Michael Bowie their final selection in the 2013 NFL Draft on Saturday.
The 6-foot-4, 332-pound Bowie was the 36th pick in the round, and 242nd overall. It was a compensatory selection.
Bowie played one season at NSU after transferring from Oklahoma State. He led NSU with a team-high 47 knockdowns and did not concede a quarterback sack. He was named a 2012 D2Football.com All-America Honorable Mention, and he was also selected to the All-MIAA Second Team.
In Seattle, Bowie joins another former Cowboys left tackle, Russell Okung — who is also represented by 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.”
“This is worth its weight in recruiting but I’m more excited than anything for him,” NSU coach Kenny Evans said.
“Seattle was here this fall to look at him and we’ve heard everything from fourth round to free agent since the early fall when he transferred. I think he definitely helped himself by playing this fall and his production on the field helped what was a young football team. And what he’s done off the field. He did everything we asked and was never a problem.”
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.”
Bowie is the first player from Northeastern State to be selected in the NFL Draft since Derrick Moore was taken by the Atlanta Falcons in the eighth round in 1992. Bowie was also the 242nd overall selection.
— Ben Johnson of the Tahlequah Daily Press contributed to this story.