With the 249th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected a former WKU cornerback Prince Charles Iworah in the seventh round on Saturday.
Iworah becomes WKU’s 31st NFL Draft Pick as WKU ties a program record for picks in a single draft in the modern era.
WKU had three individuals selected in the 1971 Draft which had 17 rounds and 442 picks, compared to seven rounds and 253 in today’s draft era. He is the first Hilltopper to ever be drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and the second today to head to California, along with tight end Tyler Higbee (Los Angeles Rams).
Iworah, a former walk-on as a track speedster at WKU, spent two years as a starter and became one of Conference USA’s most disruptive defensive backs, finishing his senior season with 15 pass breakups, the fifth-most in a single-season in program history and the fourth-most in league play last season. He finished his WKU career with 91 total tackles, 3.5 for loss, with five interceptions and 21 pass breakups.
The Nashville, Tenn., native jumped into draft consideration with a dominant WKU Pro Day as 30 NFL teams got to see Iworah run a blazing 4.32 time in the 40-yard dash and post a 38.5 inch vertical leap.