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Montana players make a splash in the NFL Draft

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GREAT FALLS -

Before Saturday, the Griz had 11 players currently in the NFL-- the most of any Big Sky Conference school. 

Those numbers could rise come this September, with a few more Griz receiving calls Saturday afternoon.

Tyrone Holmes was the only Montana Grizzly selected in the draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars picked him 181st. 

The FCS Defensive Player of the Year led the nation with 18 sacks. He also ranks 2nd on the Grizzlies all-time career list with 34.5 sacks and 49.5 tackles for loss. 

For Montana State University, former tight end Beau Sandland was one pick away from Mr. Irrelevant AKA the last pick in the draft.

Sandland was drafted by the Carolina Panthers as a seventh-round pick. He was drafted # 252 overall.

The Bobcat caught 37 passes for 632 yards and nine touchdowns this past season.

Montana's Jamaal Jones (San Diego), Montana State's John Weidenaar (Cincinnati), and Carroll's Josh James (Green Bay) all signed undrafted free agent contracts once the draft concluded.

Montana's Herbert Gamboa (Kansas City) and Ben Roberts (Tennessee) received invites to their respective teams' mini camps.

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