Lakota West / Alabama Offensive Lineman Selected in First Round NFL Draft

05/05/2016

Surrounded by friends, family and an ESPN camera crew at his parents home in West Chester, Lakota West grad Ryan Kelly (’11) received a highly anticipated phone call from his future employer.  The Indianapolis Colts made Kelly the 18th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.  Only one other center in the NFL has been taken higher in the draft since 2006 (Mike Pouncey-15th, 2011).

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Kelly flashing the Lakota West “W” to his family after winning 2nd National Championship

The 6’4″, 311lb center was a three year starter at University of Alabama where he was a part of three NCAA National Championships (2011,2012, 2015) and one college football semifinal (2014).  He was awarded the Rimington Trophy presented to the nation’s top center.  In addition to the Rimington Trophy, Kelly has received other accolades including First Team All-SEC, First Team Walter Camp All-American, First Team USA Today All-American, First Team Sporting News All-American, SEC Student Athlete of the Year, and SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy (Top Offensive Lineman).  In the classroom, Kelly earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Marketing at Alabama in 4.5 years. On the football field, Kelly only lost five games total at University of Alabama.

Contributed by Jason Cronk, Lakota West Sports Information Department