NFL hauls in 6 Missouri Tigers -

NFL hauls in 6 Missouri Tigers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Colin Brown grew up -- and up, and up -- about an hour northeast of Kansas City.

As a youngster, he would sit in the stands in Arrowhead Stadium and wonder how cool it would be to come running through that tunnel onto that field.

Now he actually might find out. The native of Braymer, Mo., who spent the past four years blocking for Missouri, joined five Tiger teammates when he was taken in the NFL draft.

But best of all for Brown, he was selected in the fifth round on Sunday by a Chiefs team that needs plenty of help on the offensive line.

"I have been a lifelong Chiefs fan," said the 6-foot-7, 325-pounder. "I was definitely shocked, excited and a whole bunch of emotions all at once."

Brown said he had seen several Chiefs games in Arrowhead when he was in junior high school and younger.

"I definitely did wonder what (running through the tunnel) would be like," he said. "I remember watching the great entrances they have and thinking how cool it would be to get to do that."

Now that the opportunity is at hand, exactly how cool does he think it would be?

"I think it will be an awesome feeling," he said. "I don't even know how to describe it."

Brown was the fifth player drafted from the Big 12 North division champion Tigers. Going ahead of him were wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (Philadelphia), defensive tackle Evander "Ziggy" Hood (Pittsburgh), safety William Moore (Atlanta) and tight end Chase Coffman (Cincinnati).

At various times in his Missouri career, Brown played just about every position on the offensive line. He spent the past two seasons at right tackle.

"This is a dream come true," he said. "Everybody (in the Braymer area) is a Chiefs fan. To be able to be right here staying at home and playing for the Chiefs is unbelievable, a dream come true. I really had no idea what to expect this morning when I woke up. I was just hoping to get a chance."

In the sixth round, defensive end Stryker Sulak, who led the Tigers with 10 1/2 sacks, was picked by the Raiders.

"We thought it would be a good day for us," Brown said. "We all came into college and our goal was to win a conference championship. This is part of the process, one of the last steps when our careers at Mizzou were over that we wanted to accomplish."

Maclin and Hood (Steelers) gave the school two first-rounders for the first time since 1977. Moore made it three players on the first day when he was plucked in the second round.

On Sunday, the Bengals took Coffman in the third round.

That's five picks in the first 139 of the draft -- equaling the total of Big 12 powers Texas (3), Oklahoma (2), Colorado (0) and Nebraska (0) combined.

Missouri is coming off consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time in school history. Last year the school had two players drafted and both in the fourth round, with tight end Martin Rucker going to the Browns and wide receiver Will Franklin to the Chiefs.

The draft haul is the school's largest since 1981, when seven players were taken, including offensive tackle Howard Richards in the first round and pair of second-rounders, James Wilder and Eric Wright.

Injuries might have held back Coffman, who set an NCAA record for career receptions by a tight end. He's been slow to heal from a broken foot sustained in the Alamo Bowl victory over Northwestern, and was hindered by turf toe during the season.

Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes played with Coffman's father, former NFL tight end Paul Coffman, on the Chiefs.

"I've known this kid since he was a baby," Hayes said. "I know his work ethic. This kid will work hard and be able to play and have all the nuances of the game.

"I think it will take some time, but not a lot of time."

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