With the 110th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams selected former WKU tight end Tyler Higbee in the fourth round on Saturday.
Higbee becomes WKU’s highest offensive draft pick of all-time and third-highest draft pick overall in the common draft era. He is the first offensive player to be drafted from the Hilltoppers since fullback Jeremi Johnson went in the fifth round (150 overall) to the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003.
As a senior, Higbee launched into the starting role as a senior as he appeared in nine games with eight starts and proved his versatility as a blocker and pass catcher, earning a midseason addition to the Biletnikoff Watch List. Higbee racked up a pair of 100-yard receiving games and four touchdowns through the first four games of the year and caught at least one touchdown in six of his nine games, catching two touchdowns against Miami (Ohio) and Marshall.
He was a team captain in 2015 and All-Conference USA First Team as well as a CBS Sports Midseason All-American.
Higbee was named the John Mackey Award Tight End of the Week following the season opener at Vanderbilt when he caught four passes for 102 yards – nearly half of WKU’s 209 yards through the air – and the go-ahead touchdown. It was Higbee’s 65-yard reception in the third quarterback, which he caught 15 yards down field and ran it down to the Vanderbilt four-yard line to setup WKU’s first score of the game, that proved to be his most valuable play.
WKU now has 29 draft picks in program history.