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LeGree Prepares for NFL Future in Seattle

Posted: Updated: May 4, 2011 11:55 PM EDT
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by Dave Platta

(WTVM) - The NFL Draft saw a lot of big names find out where their pro future will be. But it wasn't just the big names that were on pins and needles. Guys from smaller schools also found out their NFL future could be bright.

Guys like Columbus native Mark LeGree.

ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer was busy talking about another player when LeGree was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round on Saturday.

"This guy's a special player," Dilfer said. Now, listen -- you look for a couple of things for a future starter. Unique physical trait and a tremendous will or intangible makeup."

He might as well have been talking about the former Pacelli Viking. The shoe fit, after all. LeGree had his accomplishments at Appalachian State scrolled across the screen at the same time things were going crazy at his place in North Carolina.

[Raw Audio: Mark LeGreen Interview]

"I ran into the room where everyone was," LeGree recalled, "and said 'Be quiet! Be quiet!' because everyone wanted to see the call, and I had a friend recording it too. It was just crazy. I couldn't believe it was happening. I choked up a little bit."

It's not a stretch to say his preparation for the NFL Combine made all the difference. When he talked to the Seahawks on draft day, he liked what he heard from the team.

"They told they're trying to get younger and faster on defense and that just meant a lot," LeGree said, "because it's a new movement for the defense and they want me to be a part of it. They just told me they loved the way I played.

"They said I was a good tackler and they liked that I was a 'ballhawk. They want that to transition into the NFL. And they told me they wanted me to protect the deep ball and that they were going to fly me out as soon as the lockout was over.

"I just have to keep working out and staying in shape because the lockout could end any day, and I just have to be ready.

So now it's just a matter of patience as LeGree waits for his chance to make the big leap to the NFL.

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