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Saint John’s (Minn.) Ben Bartch chosen by Jacksonville Jaguars in fourth spherical of NFL draft

A dream come true. 

That is how Saint John’s College senior offensive lineman Ben Bartch (Dayton, Ore./Blanchet Catholic) felt after he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the tenth choose of the fourth spherical (No. 116 general) within the 2020 NFL Draft on Saturday, April 25.

“I am grateful for the chance and excited to begin working for the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Bartch mentioned. “My religion, household, coaches and dedication to the sport helped me attain this objective, and they’re going to proceed to all through my life. The laborious work and dedication from my Johnnie teammates additionally made this chance attainable. I am unable to wait to signify SJU on the highest stage.”

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Bartch is the tenth Johnnie (see full listing under) to be drafted within the NFL, and the primary for the reason that Minnesota Vikings chosen defensive lineman Kurt Wachtler in 1974 (fifteenth spherical).

“We wish to congratulate Ben on being chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars within the NFL Draft,” SJU head coach Gary Fasching ’81 mentioned. “Ben has labored extraordinarily laborious over his 4 years at Saint John’s to have the chance to play on Sundays. His dedication to the game of soccer, his dedication to our energy and conditioning program, and his spirited method to enjoying the sport will serve him properly as he will get to pursue his dream of enjoying professional soccer.  

“This can be a nice day for Ben and our soccer program. We’re all very pleased with Ben, he is a superb younger man and has represented Saint John’s and our soccer program tremendously properly. We sit up for watching him play for the Jaguars.”

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Bartch was the lone NCAA Division III attendee on the 2020 Reese’s Senior Bowl Jan. 25 in Cell, Ala. Though he didn’t play within the recreation, Bartch acquired rave opinions in the course of the three days of practices main as much as the occasion. 

He attended the 2020 NFL Scouting Mix in late February, however didn’t take part within the drills or measurements because of the damage suffered in the course of the remaining Senior Bowl observe.

A first-team and Related Press second-team All-American in 2019, Bartch earned the MIAC Mike Stam Award because the convention’s prime defensive or offensive lineman and began all 14 video games at left deal with this season. 

He made 27 straight begins on the place since he switched from tight finish in the course of the 2018 preseason. By means of a mixture of laborious work within the weight room and repeated consumption of a now-famous (or notorious) protein shake recipe (substances embrace seven scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, fast grits, peanut butter, bananas and Gatorade), Bartch gained over 50 kilos and began on the road’s left aspect instantly.

Bartch performed tight finish his first two seasons as a Johnnie and caught 4 passes for 43 yards (10.8 avg.) and a landing in eight video games in 2017. His athleticism and measurement (6-foot-6, 308 kilos) attracted consideration from all 32 NFL groups to go to Collegeville final fall.

Off the sphere, Bartch was honored throughout halftime of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 1 as a member of the 22-man Allstate American Soccer Coaches Affiliation (AFCA) Good Works Group.

-Bartch was the 14th offensive deal with* chosen within the 2020 NFL Draft and the third non-FBS draftee. Security Kyle Dugger from Division II Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) was picked by the New England Patriots at No. 37 and security Jeremy Chinn from FCS Southern Illinois went to the Carolina Panthers at No. 64.
*Robert Hunt (Louisiana-Lafayette) was a proper deal with the previous two seasons however is projected at guard for the Miami Dolphins (choose No. 39), as is Tyre Phillips (Mississippi State) for the Baltimore Ravens (No. 106).

-Of the Johnnies’ now 10 NFL draftees, 9 have been defensive or offensive linemen. Solely this system’s first, finish Pink Maenhout in 1949, was not a lineman. Maenhout was a freshman at SJU in 1942 and returned from World Warfare II to play for the Johnnies from 1946-48. He was All-MIAC as a senior in 1948 and in addition received the MIAC title within the shot put in 1947. 

-Bartch is the twenty first student-athlete to be drafted into the NFL from NCAA Division III since 1990 and the 52nd general with ties to the MIAC.

-The primary NFL Draft in 1936 consisted of 9 rounds and elevated to twenty rounds in 1939. The league expanded the draft to 30 rounds in 1943, lowered it to 25 rounds in 1949 and went again to 30 rounds in 1950. The NFL Draft reduce down to twenty rounds in 1960, to 17 rounds in 1967 and all the way down to 12 rounds in 1977. The draft narrowed to eight rounds in 1993 after which to seven, the present format, in 1994.

Johnnies Drafted within the NFL
1949 – finish Pink Maenhout, New York Bulldogs (twelfth round-No. 113)
1955 – deal with Dick Coy, Chicago Cardinals (nineteenth round-No. 218)
1957 – guard Chuck Froehle, Baltimore Colts (nineteenth round-No. 222)
1963 – offensive deal with Tom McIntyre, Minnesota Vikings (18th round-No. 240)
1964 – offensive deal with John McDowell, Inexperienced Bay Packers (ninth round-No. 125)
1965 – defensive deal with Paul Labinski, Minnesota Vikings (sixteenth round-No. 219)
1967 – guard Fred Cremer, Minnesota Vikings (twelfth round-No. 296)
1972 – defensive finish Steve Setzler, San Francisco 49ers (twelfth round-No. 304)
1974 – defensive deal with Kurt Wachtler, Minnesota Vikings (fifteenth round-No. 389)
2020 – offensive deal with Ben Bartch, Jacksonville Jaguars (4th round-No. 116)