OSU Tight End Drafted 20 Overall by Lions

Saturday, April 25th 2009, 8:34 pm
By: News 9

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew will become a part of the Detroit Lions' bid to come back from the worst season in NFL history.

Pettigrew was taken with the 20th overall pick by Detroit on Saturday, becoming the first Oklahoma State player drafted in the first round since receiver Rashaun Woods in 2004.

He joins first overall pick Matthew Stafford from Georgia in the Lions' rebuilding effort under new head coach Jim Schwartz. Detroit last season became the first team ever to finish 0-16.

Pettigrew is the 15th Oklahoma State player ever taken in the first round of the NFL draft and narrowly missed being the highest tight end drafted in school history.

Reuben Gant still holds that honor, going to Buffalo as the 18th overall pick in 1974.