Four makes a record.
Tight end extraordinaire Derek Schouman (6-2, 233) was
chosen by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of today's National Football
League Draft. The local
Schouman's teammates Gerald Alexander, Legedu Naanee and Korey Hall were also selected to play in the NFL this weekend.
I first met Derek while volunteering to boost
Schouman impressed Bronco coaches and fans right from the start, taking the field as a freshman. His speed made him a dangerous threat and created matchup problems for opposing linebackers. His size not only made him a bruising runner after the catch but a terrific blocker as well.
Derek became a starter during that first year, and a crowd
favorite as well. Fans began taking off
their shoes every time he made a catch in honor of #91. He caught 17 passes for 272 yards and four
In his sophomore season, Derek caught 15 passes for 284
yards despite an injury that kept him out of the lineup for five games. His big target was missed, but he was a key
in the Liberty Bowl with three receptions for 53 yards as the Broncos battled
Derek started 11 games in his junior year and finished with
16 catches for 168 yards and a touchdown.
Prior to the season, "Schou", as he is affectionately known, was named
as the nation's 18th best tight end by The Sporting News. Schouman
helped the Broncos to the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl against
Derek put it all together his senior year in a campaign that
earned him All-