Former South Dakota State University football standout Danny Batten was selected in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills in the National Football League Draft Saturday afternoon.
Batten was the 192nd overall pick and is the first Jackrabbit player to be drafted since 1999, when tight end Steve Heiden was selected in the third round by the San Diego Chargers. Overall, Batten is the 28th SDSU player to ever be selected in the 75-year history of the NFL Draft.
A native of Gilbert, Ariz., Batten was honored on three All-America teams as a defensive end during his senior season in 2009. He was a first-team selection on the Sports Network All-America Team, received second-team recognition from the Associated Press and also was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Team after leading the Jackrabbits in both tackles for loss (17) and sacks (nine). The Missouri Valley Football Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year and third-place finisher in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision ranks, Batten ranked second on the squad with 85 total tackles, while adding a forced fumble and pass breakup.
Following his senior season, Batten was selected to play in the Texas Versus the Nation college all-star game.
Batten also was a first-team all-MVFC honoree in 2008 and earned first-team all-Great West Football Conference honors in 2007. A member of the MVFC Silver Anniversary Team, his career totals included 273 tackles, 52.5 tackles for loss and 23 sacks.
Two former Jackrabbit offensive linemen inked free-agent deals after the conclusion of the draft on Saturday. Casey Knips signed with the Arizona Cardinals and Casey Bender agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns. Later on Saturday, linebacker Chris Johnson received an invitation to attend a mini-camp with the Chicago Bears and wide receiver Glen Fox will receive a tryout with the Green Bay Packers.